‘While doctors do their best to save lives, it is important to accept that a successful outcome is sometimes beyond their control.’
– The Dalai Lama
Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors
From time immemorial, medicine has remained one of the most respected professions. Trust formed the unshakable 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. There 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, 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 an 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.
Launched in September 2012, Bloomsbury India upholds Bloomsbury Publishing’s tradition of publishing books of the highest quality in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Academic, Business, and Education by both Indian and international authors.Bloomsbury India’s catalogue of authors also includes J. K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Gilbert and Kamila Shamsie; Nobel Prize winners Nadine Gordimer and Patrick Modiano; Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood; Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert; Orange Prize winners Madeline Miller and Anne Michaels and cookery books by Michelin-starred chefs Anthony Bourdain, Vikas Khanna, Heston Blumenthal, Atul Kochhar and Raymond Blanc.