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‘This pain, of all pains, cannot be palliated’: a doctor cares for her dying father

21 February 2020

10:00 PM

21 February 2020

10:00 PM

Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss Rachel Clarke

Little Brown, pp.336, £16.99

Dear Life arrives at a time when the public appetite for the personal accounts of medical insiders shows no sign of abating, with scores of such books having been published in recent years. Their enduring popularity is often — and, arguably, best — characterised as a kind of literary fallout from a decade of austerity and the very public ire this has drawn from health professionals.

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