Publication Date: 30/10/2020 ISBN: 9781138499737 Category:

Beneath the White Coat

Clare Gerada

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication Date: 30/10/2020 ISBN: 9781138499737 Category:
Paperback / Softback




This timely book offers a balanced and thoughtful review of the current mental health emergency and its impact upon and among medical professionals, supported by the best available evidence and illustrated through real-life cases. Recognising the increasing stressors in the role including the impact of the environment in which doctors work, the book examines some of the key emotional drivers for this unhappiness among doctors at work – shame, stigma, suffering and sacrifice – and offers practical steps to emotional and physical recovery.

Despite the obvious challenges and stresses of the role, with the right support in place the vast majority of doctors can thrive in their jobs. In reading this book, policy makers, politicians, educators, hospital managers will be reminded of the ethical duty to ensure that doctors are cared for and have access to the time, people and spaces to remain psychological healthy, while doctors will learn to recognize and seek actively the help that they need, and to support and guide one another.

Publisher Review

"Clare's passion for medicine is profound and it is a thread that weaves its way through every page. This book will be invaluable to medical students, doctors and is equally relevant to nurses and other health professions. It will also be of interest to the general public. The research and references are truly impressive and will signpost the reader to a myriad of further reading. I anticipate it will be read for decades to come." -Dr Peter Carter, independent healthcare consultant, former chief executive, Royal College of Nursing

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