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  • Science and Stories from the Brink of Human Life
  • By: Dr Matt Morgan
  • Narrated by: Dr Matt Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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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.

©2019 Dr Matt Morgan (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"A very special book filled with stories of survival, hope and loss." (Adam Kay)

"[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." (Sunday Times)

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Nothing short of inspiring

This book by Dr Morgan has helped rekindle my love for medicine. I would strongly recommend this book to medical students, any medical professional or those who are medically minded. Dr Morgan illustrates in a charming UK accent how his life has been shaped by the patients he has cared for and provides a few tips for those of whom may wish to follow him on what he describes as the best job in the world. If you are scrolling and love both science and great storytelling, please look no further.

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Fantastic, important and real

There are a thousand reasons to read this book, but as a former Emergency and Trauma nurse, the one that stands out is that the author highlights the four most important words a doctor can say, ‘I do not know’. Nothing makes nurses trust a doctor more than when they are honest enough to say these words, it shows humility, character and, intellect. For people in general I urge you to read this and you will take away many lessons and knowledge, none more important than what you should do if you or a loved one ever need an ICU admission. The worst feeling I ever experienced is having to try to explain to family that intensive care would not help their loved one, it would be an expensive, drawn out torture for no benefit whatsoever to the patient. but as the author so eloquently put it, ‘in some cases, it does not prolong life, it prolongs death, robbing that patients life of its dignity’. Cannot recommend this highly enough. And as an Aussie, I’ve always found the Welsh accent unpretentious and easy to listen to. If you find need of an intensivist, you should hope for one as caring and skilled at his or her craft as this.

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Excellent

I really really enjoyed this. Incredible person and brilliantly written and read. Thank you for sharing these stories.

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Fantastic! Everyone needs to know this stuff.

Dr Morgan's storytelling and educational style is seamless. His journey manages to highlight important health topics in a layman's approach and still captures the scientific importance.

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Great read

Loved the themes and the way the story was presented! A good read to complement other medical books.

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Listened to the whole story in 2 days!

As a Physio who has worked for the last 16 years in ED (and a short stint in ICU prior) I loved this book. Especially the reference to Royal Perth Hospital where I did a lot of my training in the early 2000’s. The medical explanations were great!

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Insightful

Thank you Dr Matt for your thoughtful insights into what is a foreign world to most people. Your stories bring new meaning to "catch 22" it's more like catch 88 for what you do.
I'm glad too that you narrated your own book - that's a bigger achievement than most people realise! You have a great accent which I appreciated throughout your book,( being Australian I don't have an accent) lol.
Take good care of you and yours mate.

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loved it very real

working in health administration at a cancer centre this book is very interesting & also helps me understand daily dealings from the Dr's perspective.
Thank you it's been a great read.

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Brilliant

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is very insightful, informative and easy to understand for the lay person with little medical knowledge.
I loved that it was narrated by the author who has an easy to listen to, calming and melodic voice.

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boring for any medico

I read reviews of this book saying it was basically requires reading for medical students. I found it aimed at people with no medical background. I consistantly was finishing sentences long before the long winded and dry descriptions panned out. it really is not interesting for anyone with medical knowledge already. also if your not into thick UK accents this isnt for you... the amount of times he pronounces poor as pour is frustrating by the end of the book.

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