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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Riveting Olga. Medical reads are my favorites! Going to download this one now! 🙂

    1. It’s a very special book, Debby. I hope you get a lot from it!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Yes, now it’s only a matter of when I get to read it, lol. 🙂

        1. Yes, I know! Mind you, I’m convinced as things are these days, this book will only become even more relevant with time.

          1. dgkaye says:

            I may have to bump it up on the list! 🙂

          2. I’ll look forward to reading what you think about it, and about all the rest of the books in your list!

          3. dgkaye says:


  2. This took me back to my time as an EMT. I was surprised at the start, to hear doctors refer to people by their problem. “I’ve come to see the tib and fib.” or, “Which cubicle is the sub-arachnoid in?” After a while, I began to see how overwhelmed they were, and learned of the long hours they worked. (48 straight on a weekend, with little sleep) Small wonder they couldn’t take time to learn the names of the patients.
    ‘Mindfulness’ seems to be the ‘big thing’ these days, so I suspect this book will do well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Yes, it is true that for outsiders it might be difficult to understand the system of communication of the medical profession. I was quite sceptical about mindfulness until I attended a workshop for psychiatrists’ a few years back and, although I wouldn’t say it has changed my mind, it’s true that it has helped me try and take things more calmly.

  3. At the same time as I buy a copy for myself, I shall probably buy a copy for every Tory politician (and a fair few others, including back-biting Labour ones) so he or she can kick-start their empathetic and selflessness muscles back into action. If, heaven forfend, they win the election, it may be the only way to get them to pull back on all the cuts that are ruining people and society, not to mention the increasing death toll their policies have caused. If Corbyn wins through, the Tories will have something to read in Opposition that should give them pause for thought. You can probably tell that I’m almost more exercised by this election than by my heart condition! (Had the second echocardiogram this morning so now it’s the waiting game.)

    1. I hope the results of the tests are good, Sarah, but I share your feelings about the NHS. I am more and more worried about how determined they seem to destroy it. It is not a matter of individual staff propping it up and trying to do their best. It is impossible to fight the lone battle against such odds, however hard everybody in the front line tries. Let’s hope. And all the best with your health, Sarah. I’m thinking of you.

  4. Hi Olga. It sounds useful to anyone. After all, healthcare touches most everyone. It’s always good to have an honest perspective from the people doing the work. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I must say when I was reading about burnout and the way practitioners felt, I thought of you too. Take lots of care.

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