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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
The importance of the health care industry was made more apparent by the Covid-19 pandemic, which sent an overwhelming number of unfortunate patients to hospitals and pushed our heroes in uniforms into desperate situations. When Craig C. Durie started writing a book about palliative medicine in 2019, he had no idea how a global pandemic in the coming year would challenge his work. In Speaking Human: A Journey in Palliative Medicine, Craig discusses palliative medicine and its importance, and at the same time relates different stories about his challenging and wholesome experiences as a palliative care nurse practitioner. Through the heartwarming, inspiring, and deeply compelling stories, we see real life examples of how palliative care is provided for the purpose of alleviating suffering among different people with serious and complex illnesses.
One beautiful thing about Speaking Human is how the different stories about people dealing with serious illnesses brought me to appreciate life more and reevaluate my values and choices. The vivid and mightily engaging account of Craig's experience as a nurse helped me to appreciate the sacrifices that our clinicians make to mitigate suffering and increase quality of life in different parts of the world. One particularly poignant story reveals the act of kindness that a dying woman displayed by donating her organs and saving the lives of three people. Thanks to the book's comprehensive, well-referenced explanations and helpful examples, I have a good idea of what palliative care entails and would recommend it, without hesitation, to anyone who might need it. Speaking Human contains incredibly useful insights for health care professionals and readers who have a friend or family member with a serious illness. Well done, Craig C. Durie!