34 Patients

Templeton, Tom


Take a look at the people around you. Now look closer. Is the middle-aged man in front of you right to be worried about the twinge in his chest? Why is the little girl coughing? Hayfever? Asthma? Or something more serious? And what about you? What are you carrying with you? Doctors know our deepest secrets, our private worries and our most vulnerable moments. We ask so much of them – to heal, to trust, to care, to listen – and under their gaze we are all equally worthy of help. ’34 Patients’ is the memoir of a doctor who dares to look closer at a crowded waiting room, and value each soul and story he encounters.

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Publish Date: 31/03/2022


Discover the profound and moving portrait of one doctor’s life and work in the NHS

‘Wonderful – insightful and compassionate’ Dr Richard Shepherd, bestselling author of Unnatural Causes

They can’t teach you how to be a doctor at medical school . . .

As a junior doctor, Dr Tom Templeton learnt how to do his job from books, professors and other doctors and nurses. But the most important lessons – tolerance, kindness, resilience and bravery – he learnt from his patients.

Here, he shares the stories of just 34, and how they changed his life while he was helping theirs.

From a stillbirth to the old woman who lived a century, from the inhabitants of stately homes to the homeless, these stories whether heartwarming or heartbreaking, funny or tragic, are always inspiring and illuminating.

We are all patients, but discover for the first time how the doctors see us . . .

‘An admirably told story’ Spectator

‘Informative and personal, humbling and healing’ Observer

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Weight 255 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 22 mm






ix, 355




610.92 (edition:23)


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