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Critical

Science and Stories from the Brink of Human Life
Narrated by: Dr Matt Morgan
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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Following in the wake of hugely successful medical memoirs such as Do No Harm and Fragile Lives, Critical is an intelligent, compelling and profoundly insightful journey into the world of intensive care medicine and the lives of people who have forever been changed by it. 

Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed - this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, your gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around the ICU by guiding us around the body and the different organs, and in this way, we learn not only the stories of many of the patients he’s treated over the years but also about the various functions different parts of the body. 

He draws on his time spent with real patients, on the brink of death, and explains how he and his colleagues fight against the odds to help them live. Happily many of his cases have happy endings, but Matt also writes movingly about those cases which will always remain with him - the cases where the mysteries of the body proved too hard to solve, or diagnoses came too late or made no difference to the outcome.

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

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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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Fulfilling

This audiobook was both inspiring and fulfilling to listen to. Dr Moran had broken down the complex world of Intensive Care to easy to follow segments that draw you in from both the medicine and human aspect of it. The recording was clear, soft and very soothing, even though some of the story was not as cheerful. I have gained a much deeper respect to him, his work, and his specialty. This is a must listen to both medical and non-medical alike.

Don't let the Science pushes you away, the Human Stories in this book are exceptionally inspiring, both in live and in death.

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  • Ferrariss
  • 05-08-2019

A Masterpiece

Dr Matt Morgan has produced a wonderful wonderful book. Listening to him tell me these stories has been very special.

As he narrates these accounts his sincerity humanity and humility is obvious.

Thank you Dr Matt, primarily for doing your job, with such skill and care but I also thank you for giving us a window Into the world of ICU.

ICU can seem cold, clinical, jammed full of complex kit, I remember spending 2 weeks in one with my father. Your book reminds me of how I felt during that time. All the machines are really only props, albeit very important props. At heart of these places are people, the staff, the patients and their loved ones.

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  • lisa lewis
  • 03-07-2019

Makes me proud to work in ITU

From a critical care nurse with over 20years experience I loved this book.
Honest, sincere and easy to understand. Reflects so much of what we all feel.
We are privileged to work in Critical care and be part of such amazing teams and touch peoples lives when they are most vulnerable.

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  • Jana Lind
  • 14-02-2020

Absolutely amazing!

not only does it educate, it raises awareness of the lives of NHS healthcare professionals

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-2020

Amazing! Definitely Recommend!

As an intesive care nurse myself I am always apprehensive about reading books based in hospitals, however , this book is amazing!
There is stories and experiences I can relate to and things that inspired me, reinspired me and reminded me of why I do this amazing job.

Working in intensive care is definitely the best job in the world!

I will be recommending this book to my colleagues! Thank you Matt.

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  • A B.
  • 24-01-2020

The best book I have listened to in a very long time

Narrated by the author himself, engaging, complex but still clear and explanatory and easy to follow. I didn’t want it to end. I’ve read and listened to a lot of medical books and I can’t recommend this book highly enough. You don’t even need to be interested in medicine, if you’ve ever been ill or you know someone who is or you’re just interested in humanity this book is for you. I am buying this as a hard copy for my daughter and husband now.

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  • Nicole Shipley
  • 13-01-2020

An emotional ride of ups and downs.

A true insight into in world of intensive care. Inspiring, eye watering honesty and beauty in every chapter. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Catherine Mchomvu
  • 04-01-2020

Great story but really, really dull narrator.

Really dull narrator. Great story that read by someone else would be amazing. It seemed that he was so focused on hiding his accent he lost enthusiasm and emotion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-2019

great content, poor narrative.

really enjoyed the content, but found the narrator's voice a bit too soothing... often sending me to sleep!

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  • Lisa Graham
  • 20-11-2019

Loved it, very emotional

Loved it, very sensitively written. Listened to this on my commute to work over the past week, some inspirational chapters.
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  • Reader123
  • 06-11-2019

Very interesting, very insightful

I love books like these! The author gives us a look into what it is like on an intensive ward, sharing some great, and some unfortunate stories. Would highly recommend for anyone who likes medical things.