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A medical humanities podcast for bibliophile health care professionals where we explore themes from fiction, memoir and other non traditional non-textbooks which help to make us better at what we do. Hosted by Dr Tara George, a GP and medical educator in each episode a different guest explores a book that has changed their practice. Follow us on Twitter @bedsidepodcast or instagram @bedsidereadingpodcast. If you'd like to recommend a book or to come on the podcast as a guest please email: bedsidereadingpodcast@gmail.com. Episodes hosted by Tara George, edited by Lewi Gee

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A medical humanities podcast for bibliophile health care professionals where we explore themes from fiction, memoir and other non traditional non-textbooks which help to make us better at what we do. Hosted by Dr Tara George, a GP and medical educator in each episode a different guest explores a book that has changed their practice. Follow us on Twitter @bedsidepodcast or instagram @bedsidereadingpodcast. If you'd like to recommend a book or to come on the podcast as a guest please email: bedsidereadingpodcast@gmail.com. Episodes hosted by Tara George, edited by Lewi Gee

    Many Different Kinds of Love

    Many Different Kinds of Love

    Tuesday 28th March 2023 marks the third anniversary of poet, writer, broadcaster and all round national treasure Michael Rosen's admission to hospital with Covid-19. It felt only right therefore to release this episode today.

    I'm talking to GP Kirsty Shires about Michael Rosen's wonderful Many Different Kinds of Love  which documents his experiences of that time. It is such a moving and engaging book and one I'm sure I'll come back to repeatedly for teaching, for reflection and for enjoyment.

    follow Kirsty on twitter https://twitter.com/shireskirsty

    It's a celebration of love in some familiar different forms: Eros – Romantic love, Philia – Affectionate love. Storge – Familiar love, Pragma – Enduring love, Agape – Universal love. At the heart of the book is Michael Rosen's story told in his own voice and in the recollections of so many others from so many walks of healthcare who looked after him during that terrifying time.

    Kirsty and I do talk about illness, about uncertainty and fear and of course Covid-19 itself, we hope we are celebrating the wonderful diversity of those NHS teams who worked together to care for (and love in the sense of agape and pragma) so many patients and we remember those who didn't make it too.

    This episode is dedicated to the memory of those healthcare professionals who didn't make it through the pandemic. The WHO estimate there are 180 000 of you, we want to say thank you, and we remember you.

    • 40 min
    Unforgettable

    Unforgettable

    Imagine being a household name, a sporting hero and a member of England's world cup winning rugby team from 2003.  Imagine having no recollection at all of the tournament of all tournaments in your sparkling career. Imagine being unable to remember the names of your children or the name of your dog. Imagine realising this was preventable and that the game you loved, to which you gave your career has harmed you irreparably.  Welcome to the world of Steve Thompson.

    I'm joined today by Gary Turner to discuss Unforgettable  Steve Thompson's powerful and heartbreaking memoir of rugby and dementia.

    Follow Gary on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/smilerturner

    We mentioned a number of useful resources around the topic of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy CTE

    https://concussionfoundation.org/
     https://headforchange.org.uk/

    'Concussion', starring Will Smith, real life story of Bennett Omalu discovering CTE in American Football Players, and the NFL attempt to cover it up

    More Books:
    League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth: Amazon.co.uk: Fainaru-Wada, Mark, Fainaru, Steve: 9780770437565: Books

    A Delicate Game: Brain Injury, Sport and Sacrifice : Walker-Brown, Hana: Amazon.co.uk: Books

    Concussion and Traumatic Encephalopathy - Victoroff and Bigler, the best text book on the subject of brain injuries in sport Concussion and Traumatic Encephalopathy: Causes, Diagnosis and Management: Amazon.co.uk: Victoroff, Jeff, Bigler, Erin D.: 9781107073951: Books

    Damage: The Untold Story of Brain Trauma in Boxing (Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize) : Dixon, Tris: Amazon.co.uk: Books


    Gary also recommends a selection of papers - too many to list here which can be found by following this google drive link if you are interested:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E3G7eDD1yPTA3aTWXGD95i11XTdgCpfPNG12kfkNtkE/edit?usp=sharing

    • 40 min
    The Well Gardened Mind

    The Well Gardened Mind

    I admit that when neonatologist Helen Chitty https://twitter.com/helenchitty4 got in touch to recommend The Well Gardened Mind  by Sue Stuart Smith and to ask if she could join me on Bedside Reading I approached the book with some initial scepticism.  Isn't gardening just outdoor housework? It turns out my initial apathy was matched by the author's when she had begun her journey into gardens, plants, nature and the power of growing to heal.

    This is a stunningly good book, made all the better for me by the fact that my expectations were surpassed a hundredfold. I imagine if listeners like plants to begin with, this book would immediately leap out as a must read.

    Sue Start Smith the author is a writer and psychotherapist https://www.suestuartsmith.com/
    https://twitter.com/suestuartsmith

    • 38 min
    Belly Woman

    Belly Woman

    This week contains International Women's Day on March 8th and when I started talking to Benjamin Black about hsi stunning book about his time working for Medecins sans frontiers (MSF) in Sierra Leone it was clear this was going to be the right conversation to mark today.

    I was blown away by Benjamin's writing, the insight into a medical world I'd never encountered and by his kindness, compassion and warmth which comes across just as much in his writing as it did when I spoke to him.

    Follow Benjamin on Twitter here https://twitter.com/BenjamBlack

    • 40 min
    I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

    I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

    Rebecca Wait's fourth novel I'm sorry you feel that way is out in paperback on March 2nd.  Described by i-news as "one of the richest explorations of family dysfunction I’ve read", this is a fabulously funny and moving story of a family in all its shades of dysfunctionality.  It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.  

    It's a brilliant read and there's just so much in here to reflect on and discuss. I loved the characters and the non chronological timeline which reveals just a little bit more of the story as we go.  

    Rebecca and I talk about the idea that every sibling grows up in a different family and we consider intergenerational trauma and whether holding onto the phrase that "difficulty makes people difficult" enables us to feel empathy for characters we might consider repugnant.  I was especially engaged by Rebecca's portrayals of mental illness vs wellness in several characters and the discussions around "labels" and whether they are helpful or at times horribly stigmatising and reductionist.  Her scenes of the "unravelling  of Hanna" and  way she writes about the fine liminal space between sanity and madness is some of the most effective fictionalisation of  psychosis I have ever read. 

    • 37 min
    Kathryn Mannix - With the end in mind

    Kathryn Mannix - With the end in mind

    Welcome to Series 4 of Bedside Reading

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome the one and only Dr Kathryn Mannix to talk about her phenomenal book With the End in Mind  which may well be the book I've most ever recommended to registrars, colleagues and students.

    I tried hard not to end up going all fan girl on her but it was hard work to hold it all in, she really is one of my professional idols and it was a joy to record with her and listen to her wisdom.

    Follow Kathryn on Twitter here https://twitter.com/drkathrynmannix

    • 45 min

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