Medication plays a key role in all of our lives. I’ve been reading a lot of books recently about the medical industry and how drugs aren’t all that can help us to recover from illness.
Below are three of my favourite books on the subject:
Med Head is a book which describes how it feels to have a body that won’t stop moving. This is a well woven tale about how it is to be different from everyone else, to be made fun of every day and how to break free and take control.
This book is about Cory, a young man who narrates his life and describes how it feels to grow up with tourette’s syndrome. The story examines the huge affect this has had on his life. Med Head does an incredible job of explaining what its like to deal with a mental disorder.
Having suffered from mental and physical illnesses in my life, I feel that I know a little bit about what it’s like not to have any control over your body or your mind. I really connected with this book.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he is a doctor treating the dying, and the next, he becomes a patient who struggles to live.
Breath Becomes Air tells the tale of Kalanithi’s transformation from student into a neurosurgeon working on the core of human identity – the brain.
Tragically, Paul Kalanithi died whilst writing this profoundly moving book, and yet, his writing lives on as a guide to us all on how to survive in adverse circumstances.
Atul Gawande uses this book to approach the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can improve life whilst also being used to bring about its end.
Medicine has really triumphed in recent times, transforming how we give birth, treat injuries and infectious disease – taking each of these from harrowing life-changes to manageable conditions. However, hospitals continue to isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of the cure are passed considering. Doctors, committed to extending life, spend time carrying out shocking procedures, that all to often extend suffering than reduce it.
It took me a good few months to discover the courage to read this book. I know that this seems strange to be scared of a book, but the topic of mortality, considered so heavily here, is so depressing that I put aside reading it. But I am so glad that I did. I would wholeheartedly recommend Being Mortal to anybody interested in learning more about end-of-life decisions… and please don’t be scared.
Remember: it’s importance to trust the medication you take. My thanks go to Pharmacy Seekers who helped me to write this blog. Pharmacy Seekers offer pharmacy sales and finance for pharmacy businesses to ensure that they are the best and most sustainable businesses that they can be.