With the End in Mind - Kathryn Mannix
Dr Kathryn Mannix qualified as a doctor in 1982 and has worked in palliative care since 1986. She is currently a consultant in palliative medicine at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust. In the early 1990s,. she also trained as a cognitive behavioural therapist, and launched the UK’s first dedicated CBT palliative care clinic. She’s also been involved in NCPC and Dying Matters events over the years, and has been a long-time advocate for better end of life care.
Her new book, With The End In Mind, is based on her years of experience, but is far more than just an autobiography. She discusses why so many of us are in denial about death, and how this impacts people’s end of life experiences. The book is made up of a number of short stories, and there’s a lot for both medical and non-medical people to take from it. Whether it’s using one story as a conversation starter, or the whole book as an overview of palliative medicine, we’re happy to recommend this title. At its heart this is more than just a book about palliative medicine: it’s about people. Patients, their families, doctors, nurses, ambulance crews and more make up these stories. All cope with death in different ways, and all have something to say to us.
Dying Matters is pleased to share a PDF of the first section of the book, thanks to the publishers Harper Collins:
You can also listen to Kathryn talking to broadcast David Schneider here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nnqlj