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For fans of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, an intensive care doctor reveals how everyday emotions are taken to extremes in the ICU.

Dr. Aoife Abbey takes us beyond the medical perspective to see the humanity at work inside our hospitals through the eyes of doctors and nurses as they witness and experience the full spectrum of human emotion with every shift. It is their responsibility to mitigate the grief of a family in mourning, calm a patient about to die, and confront their own fear of failure when lives are on the line. Whether they're providing hospice care, tending to victims of car accidents or violent attacks, determining the correct treatment for someone displaying signs of a heart attack or stroke, and managing staff, stress is a doctor's number-one companion. Cycling through the whirlwind of emotion that accompanies every case isn't only exhausting - it can be fatal. 

Told using seven key emotions - fear, grief, joy, distraction, anger, disgust, and hope - Seven Signs of Life opens the door, and heart, of the hectic life inside a hospital to reveal what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for others.

©2019 Aoife Abbey (P)2020 Tantor

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Thought provoking and inspiring

This book was required reading for my medical school and I loved every minute of listening. I would definitely recommend even if you’re not in the medical field, it analyzes strong feelings and helps put things into perspective. I think everyone can learn from this! Happy listening!