How To Treat People: A Nurse’s Notes

Norton. Sept. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9781324003465. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781324003472. MED
When reflecting on past educational experiences, people tend to remember a favorite teacher who stood out not only because they were highly knowledgeable about their subject, but because they were an effective communicator. Nurse Case (Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything) brilliantly evokes those same teacher-like qualities in her new memoir. Rather than simply recounting a patient’s treatment, the author enriches the writing by delving into medical etymology and pertinent life-saving methods. Facts from ancient history help readers connect past and present, while Case’s precise language creates poignant images of her various encounters with illness. As a result, readers begin to recognize a beauty in nursing that exists outside the stark realities of night shifts, trauma, and sickness.
VERDICT Case is both an intellectually and an emotionally accomplished practitioner. Her memoir would pair well with Christie Watson’s The Language of Kindness, which similarly relates the experiences of a professional who embodies the humanity of nursing. Recommended for anyone considering a career in nursing or who is new to the profession.

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