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Communication Book Review

2019-10-05 18:50:10

Handbook of Communication in Anaesthesia & Critical Care: A Cyna

This book was recommended to me twice - firstly on twitter by a non-hypnosis professional (!!!) and then by Jean Rogerson, when I asked for suggestions about introducing the concept of important language to doctors.

It's expensive to buy new (£57) https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Allan-M-Cyna/Handbook-of-Communication-in-Anaesthesia--Critical-Care--/444067   but I managed to find a nearly new version at a very reasonable price. I do prefer buying my books through Hive as they are a tiny bit more ethical than Amazon, but the downside of this is that they're often a little more pricey, and they also don't have a nearly new option. World of Books didn't have it in https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb0 so it was an Amazon purchase for me.

And it was well worth it. It consolidated everything I'd discovered already about language and put it into a really nice framework. The evidence was there, the book was beautifully structured. It didn't mention hypnosis until right at the end - although the hypnotic principles permeated throughout the book from beginning to end. It's a great way of convincing the non-believers.

The best bit of the book though, was the section on communicating with other specialists. They talked about how to communicate with surgeons (from the perspective of an anaesthetist) and administrators. The subtle emphasis on changing language highlighted what I've said and thought for a long time, and I thought the fact that this was even communicated, was brilliant.

So yes, I'd thoroughly recommend this book.

If you'd like to borrow my version... ... maybe we should have a book sharing event? I'm based in South East London - shall we start there?  Suggestions and thoughts in the comments!


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