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Bloodlines: Life in a Great British Hospital

Andrew Davidson

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

*The first fly-on-the-wall documentary account of life inside a hospital.

Andrew Davidson goes behind the scenes at Britain's largest hospital trust and describes a year in the life of a hospital through the stories of those who work there and those who pass through. St Thomas' Hospital, opposite the Houses of Parliament, is one of the most famous centres of medical excellence in the world. For the past two years it has been the subject of bitter political controversy over the decision to amalgamate it with its rival, Guy's. From the man who runs the Mortuary to the Chief Executive who has 'finished' an affair with the head of PR - but who has just born his child - to the patients with Multi Drug Resistant Infection (an extremely scary potential by-product of going into hospital) and those who come into Casualty to have frozen fish removed from unlikely places - this is the most vividly realised book that has ever emerged from a modern hospital. It reveals the choices that doctors, nurses, administrators and patients must make each day - decisions that are often literally a matter of life and death.

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Praise for Bloodlines: Life in a Great British Hospital

  • 'For a nation obsessed with all things medical, not to mention avid for gory TV hospital dramas, this book is a treat, a treasure and a definite Must Have DAILY MAIL

  • 'Clever and engrossing great an impressive book absorbing DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • ' Well-written and fair-minded, BLOODLINES will tell readers far more about hospital life than any ER-style soap opera T.L.S.

  • 'It's like an X-ray or a CAT scan in that it gives you a privileged glimpse into the interior life of a complex organism which you would neer otherwise be able to observe.' TIME OUT

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Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson is a contributing editor of Arena and writes regularly for the INDEPENDENT. Winner of the Business Writer of the Year award, his work has appeared in every national broadsheet and in the SPECTATOR and ESQUIRE. His first book, UNDER THE HAMMER, was shortlisted for the Krasna-Krausz Award for books on the moving image.

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