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Blackwell Bookshop Edinburgh, South Bridge
53-62 South Bridge, EH1 1YS Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to host the launch for The Marble Corridor and Other Medical Tales by Edinburgh-based author Grahame C.W. Howard.
About the Book
Set within a South London hospital in the 1970s, The Marble Corridor is the first of four stories which chart the progress of a newly-qualified doctor from houseman to consultant. It tracks the multifarious events of a single weekend spent working ‘on-call’ and the unremitting pressure creates a sense of tension which permeates this tale. Towards the end of this marathon stretch of duty, sleep deprivation causes the young doctor to hallucinate and he begins to confuse illusion and reality with some strange and incongruous outcomes.
Beyond the Marble Corridor continues to document the author’s progress through a series of posts, highlighting some of the ethical and moral issues posed to junior doctors along with the hierarchical structure which had to be managed to progress in hospital medicine. ‘The Ivory Tower,’ is a humorous interlude as the author spends time in a renowned academic unit while the final part, ‘Pastures New,’ documents the authors time as a consultant concentrating on a number of aspects of his practice including his work for a charitable institution, examining for one of the Medical Royal Colleges and the tragic story of one particular patient. Here, as in life, humour and tragedy are intertwined.
About the Author
Dr. Grahame Howard was born in London in 1953. His family moved to Norwich when he was four years old, but he later returned to London to study medicine at St. Thomas Hospital Medical School, from where he graduated in 1976. The ‘Marble Corridor,’ is his third and final memoir. These stories document, not so much my own life but more my experiences with some of the extraordinary people I have been fortunate enough to meet and engage with along the way. From childhood, through being a student and junior doctor to becoming a consultant it has been my privilege to meet and work with some amazing people and in these books I have documented just some of our adventures both humorous and sad.
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