'[Morgan's] wit and compassion are everywhere evident in this enlightening book, and he makes a welcome contribution to our understanding of these extraordinary times.'
Journey into the world of intensive care medicine and the lives of people who have forever been changed by it.
There is no room for error in the ICU. Full focus is required at all times.
It can be the difference between life and death.
Through the remarkable stories of his patients, Dr. Matt Morgan guides you through the body and its organs. He explains how various critical conditions arise, and all that goes into treating them – from the science, research and technology, to the tireless efforts of the doctors and nurses. This book gives you powerful insights about intensive care, many of which may prevent you, or those close to you, from ending up there. It will even teach you how to save a life.
Movingly and compassionately, Matt writes about the cases and the people that have stayed with him, both the recoveries and the losses. This book shows the fragility of life, but also the incredible resilience of the human body and spirit.
Sometimes darkness can show you the light.
Praise for Critical
‘A very special book filled with stories of survival, hope and loss.’
Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
'This book offers real insight into life and death medicine.'
Dr. Michael Mosley
'Compassionate and moving… Morgan provides a rich array of stories and characters. Alongside the cases studies, he details the development of the medical practices and technology – from the iron lung to ultrasound – that have helped make such life-saving procedures possible.' The Observer
'This book is marvellous: buy it, share it, recommend it.... We are fortunate to have dedicated, caring and humble folks such as Doc Morgan on the Critical Care front line. We are even better off when a writer can capture all that this exciting, mad, glorious and even exasperating job means. If you work in healthcare, know somebody that does, or simply inhabit a body then this book is for you: in fact it's critical.'
Peter Brindley, Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, Medical Ethics University of Alberta
'Just wonderful. I love the exploration of what it means to survive, at what cost and so on. Such an important factor and it's a real problem with what we do. An old surgeon once told me ‘just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Operating is the easiest thing in the world, not doing so is incredibly challenging’. A lovely book.' Dr Nikki Stamp FRACS Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon and author of Can You Die of a Broken Heart?
‘An illuminating, compassionate insight into the fascinating world of intensive care.’ Leah Hazzard, author of Hard Pushed