Book reviews

Book review: Dear People by Debraj Shome and Aparna Govil.

Title- Dear People with Love and Care
Author- Debraj Shome and Aparna Govil
Publisher- Bloomsbury India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 318
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 10 Aug 2019

Ratings- 4.5/5

Book blurb:

From time immemorial, medicine has remained one of the most respected professions. Trust formed the unshakeable foundation of the doctor-patient relationship and, for long, doctors were treated next to God.
In recent times, though, this sacred relationship is suffering from an erosion of faith. We often hear discouraging stories of doctors being abused and hospitals vandalised. The narrative is gradually turning negative-a dismal reality for both doctors and patients. We tend to forget that there are many great things happening in the medical world. Today, we are living much longer, we have managed to eradicate many diseases, we have vaccines that prevent our children from dying, life-saving surgeries are being performed while the baby is still in the womb, and we can give the gift of life to someone by transplanting vital organs. Medical miracles are happening every day in hospitals worldwide.

This book is a collection of heartfelt stories by doctors and patients from across the globe. These are stories of triumph, empathy, positivity, loss and, sometimes, failure. It goes one step ahead and captures the experience of people who surround a doctor-the mother of a doctor, a surgeon’s husband and an acid attack survivor-stories that underline that a doctor too is a human being after all. Human resilience can often break barriers, and these stories serve as inspiration to both patients and doctors alike.

Riveting and absolutely unputdownable, Dear People gives an inside view of the world of medicine and hopes to inspire millions to retain faith in this beautiful relationship.

Book review:

“Dear People, With Love and Care, your doctors” is one of its kind. A collection of 34 stories rather experiences from the lives of patients and doctors. Most of the stories are from the doctor’s point of view and all of them somewhat gave me different and better prospective of many scenarios.

The book narrates tangled relationship between a doctor and a patient and their complexities. A patient puts all the trust on a doctor and expect them to never lose on the other hand the doctor has to meet up to their faiths. “Did you know” at the of each stories are my favourite parts. Holding many informative ideas I got to learn so many new things.

Narration and vocabulary to me wasn’t difficult but many readers can find some issues while reading due to some medical terms used in book. Still this book has so many new things and perspectives to teach and the difficulties while reading will be worth it in the end. Totally 4.5 🌟 read for me.

Thanks to @bloomsburyindia and @sma_reviews for sending over the review copy.🌻

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