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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Seven Signs of Life by Aoife Abbey.

Grief. Anger. Joy. Fear. Distraction. Disgust. Hope. All emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. 

But what if this was every day? And what if your ability to manage them was the difference between life and death? 

For a doctor in intensive care, this is part of the job. Fear in the eyes of a terminally ill patient who pleads with you to not let them die. Grief when you make a potentially fatal mistake. Disgust at caring for a convicted rapist. But there are also moments of joy, like the rare bright spots of lucidity for a dementia patient, or when the ward unexpectedly breaks into song. 

Dr Aoife Abbey shows us what a doctor sees of humanity as it comes through the revolving door of the hospital and takes us beyond a purely medical perspective. Told through seven emotions, Seven Signs of Life is about what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.

©2019 Aoife Abbey (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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A good easy read

A worth while read for with an interest in ICU medicine & the emotions of the doctors behind the stories. A very personal, reflective & honest book. The book does lack a little in structure & meanders a little from patient to patient without a clear direction or context but this doesn't take away from the insight & feeling of the other side of the 'ICU curtin'

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Boring

I work in ICU and was hoping for an inspirational or even a humorous read but was bored by the monotony of this book. It was neither of the above although the author attempted to on a few occasions. The book ended suddenly after a rambling memory was cut short. A disappointing purchase

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