Molly Case – How to Treat People


As a teenager, Molly Case underwent an operation that saved her life. Nearly a decade later, she finds herself in the operating room again – this time as a trainee nurse. She learns to care for her patients, sharing not only their pain, but also life-affirming moments of hope. In doing so, she offers a compelling account of the processes that keep them alive, from respiratory examinations to surgical prep, and of the extraordinary moments of human connection that sustain both nurse and patient.

In rich, lyrical prose, Case illustrates the intricacies of the human condition through the hand of a stranger offered in solace, a gentle word in response to fear and anger, or the witnessing of a person’s last breaths. It is these moments of empathy, in the extremis of human experience, that define us as people. But when Molly’s father is admitted to the cardiac unit where she works, the professional and the personal suddenly collide.

Weaving together medical history, art, memoir, and science, How to Treat People beautifully explores the oscillating rhythms of life and death in a tender reminder that we can all find meaning in being, even for a moment, part of the lives of others.

Author: Molly Case
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Duration: 6 hours 48 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2009
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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Have been diagnosed with end stage Lyme Disease in 2001, I read with unshakable intensity. The many symptoms, the worst and the least worst were described, I felt with heartache. What this author went through to try to be healed was even harder to imagine than my two years of chemical therapy. If I had not read this book, I would not have recognized that I, like her, am experiencing another bout even when blood tests come back negative. Thank you, Amy B. Scher. Also, her colorful descriptions of India are amazing. Her life after stem cell treatment was heart-warning. With or without Lyme Disease, this book ranks in my personal list of top books Ive read! I recommend to anyone, whether a Lyme sufferer or a friend or family member of someone with Lyme!!!