’I unreservedly recommend How To Treat People’
Title: How To Treat People
Author: Molly Case
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Reviewer: Dr Peter Carter OBE
What were the Highlights?
This is as moving and touching a book that you will read in a long time. It is full of compassion and sensitivity. Molly Case weaves in personal family anecdote with a series of patient vignettes from her work as a nurse.
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The book is beautifully written and Molly takes you from her childhood through to the inner sanctum of hospitals, across the channel to a refugee camp in Calais and to different parts of the world.
Her relationship with her father is poignant and Molly describes vividly how as the child of an older man she was asked by her classmates if the man meeting her was her Granddad. She shared this with her dad who asked her if it bothered her to which she replied it didn’t as she knew he was her dad.
Later Molly shares with us that it did bother her. I make specific reference to this as it set the tone in the book of the challenges we all face at times in life and that unintentionally children can hurt each other. It also demonstrates Molly’s honesty.
I also learnt so much from the book. I had never heard of “Broken heart syndrome”. The book is worth the cost for that chapter alone, I will not dilate further for fear of spoiling it for readers.
It is also sad in places as it brings into sharp relief the fragility of life and the pain that illness and death can bring to loved ones.
The whole read had a silver thread running through it interspersed with diamonds, it really is that good
Strengths and weaknesses:
Strengths: The book has great economy of line and will easily hold the attention of the reader. The history of many aspects of the development of medicine was highly educative.
Weaknesses: There are none in my opinion apart from that I wanted to hear more, hardly a weakness!
Who should read it?
Anyone working in the health services would benefit from this book, certainly not only nurses, but also the public in general will find it of interest. I would also recommend that Molly should be invited to schools to read extracts as I’m sure this would stimulate an interest in nursing. Molly is a great role model and young people will be able to relate to her.
I unreservedly recommend How To Treat People
More about the book’s author
Molly Case currently works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting as a cardiac nurse specialist, having previously been at King’s College Hospital.
She achieved national recognition in 2013, when she performed her poem Nursing the Nation at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress.
In 2017, she penned a poem that was specially written in order to draw attention among health professionals to the importance of time to older patients.
The poem, called the Last 1,000 Days, was commissioned by the former chief nursing officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings.