Monday, February 01, 2016


I always enjoy reading about other peoples lives, particularly from those in the medical field. I think it really gives one an appreciation of how we are all working together in the field of medicine to help maintain or repair other peoples health.

Paramedicine is quite unique because we typically work in pairs in the public. There are generally no senior consultants peering over out shoulders instructing or telling us what to do. We just have to get on with doing what we do best. Of course we can always call for backup but that is not always an option.

One of things I love the most about paramedicine is the freedom from hierarchical interference that you typically find in a hospital or medical settings. I have heard of many stories of junior nurses or doctors being bullied or harassed by their seniors. It always seems strange to me that people who embark on an empathetic career could become such unpleasant people to be around. I have a theory around that and it relates to burnout...but thats another topic.

So I have read many biographical accounts from paramedics, nurses, doctors, surgeons, medics etc and I really enjoy hearing their stories. I can always relate to them and of course can usually picture what they are talking about.

So if you are on the lookout for a great read then check out this rich list list of medical autobiographies:

Great medical autobiographies