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Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of the Pandemic


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Rachel Clarke is a bestselling author (Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love, Loss and Consolation), health campaigner and palliative care doctor. Her new book, Breathtaking, is an unflinching insider’s account of medicine in the time of coronavirus.

She talks to Max Porter about how it feels to confront a pandemic from the inside, witnessing death on an unprecedented scale, coping with the uncertainty of whether your protective equipment is up to the job and dealing with the inadequacies of the government response. But, amid all the tough questions, this event will also consider the courage of patients and NHS staff alike, people who rose to their best upon facing the worst.

This is a searing account and one critical for our times.

‘Rachel takes the worst life can throw at us and shows us the beauty in it’ Adam Kay (This is Going to Hurt)

Follow on Twitter: @doctor_oxford@maxjohnporter

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