Critical by Matt Morgan
Hand Signed by Matt Morgan
New & Unread - Published 2019
Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed – this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, 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.
Matt has added two very personal numbers after his signature. The 5970 (as shown in the example shown above) is the emergency pager number for his ICU.
He has also signed the book with an alternative p62 (not shown) which refers to page 62 of 'Critical'. This page has a hidden lyric if you look at the first word of every other line - “my wish for you is that your dreams stay big and your worries stay small” - from the 2006 single by American country music group Rascal Flatts. Poignantly it was the favourite song of one of the patients who died.
About the Author: Matt Morgan is an intensive care doctor, scientist, teacher, geek and author interested in medical education and public engagement.
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