“Deserves a place in the rich contemporary canon of medical memoirs.” —Guardian
Weaving together medical history, art, memoir, and science, How to Treat People is a poignant memoir that beautifully explores the intricacies of the human condition. As a trainee nurse, Molly Case 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.
About the Author
Molly Case is a spoken-word artist, writer, and nurse. She was born and raised in London, where she currently works at St. George’s Hospital as a cardiac nurse specialist. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, Elle magazine, and the Huffington Post.
[Case] writes movingly about what care is on the most basic human level.… She illuminates the fascinating and never-ending loop of care in a hospital. — New York Times Book Review
By turns gut-wrenching in its visceral descriptions of medical emergencies, and filled with the joy and satisfaction of seeing a patient recover.… Case’s empathy and compassion are everywhere evident in this beautifully written narrative. — Sunday Times
[How to Treat People] has a freshness and intelligence that is… beguiling.… [Nursing is] an essential profession and, in Case, it has an eloquent advocate.
— Alice O’Keeffe - Guardian
[Molly Case’s] insight into the nursing profession is a… mix of observation and empathy. Mixing personal history with medicinal history and insights into life on the ward, How To Treat People is ultimately a narrative of human connection.
— Emma Garland - Vice
Poignant.… An intimate and illuminating portrait of the private moments between patients, their families, and the nurses who care for them. — David Scales - Undark
Written with a poet’s ear for language and a nurse’s compassionate heart. It will make you cry, and it will buoy your faith in humanity. — Stylist
The tandem stories of Case as nurse and daughter exert the pull of a novel through pages threaded with philosophy and history, ethics and etymology. — Sunday Telegraph
What differentiates How to Treat People from other cracking doctor and nurse memoirs already out there is Case’s youth and her outstanding use of language. Her charm is her generation’s charm: open, loving, bold, inquisitive, caring. May she inspire her contemporaries to join her in a vital job.
— Times (UK)
Combining a near dreaminess with quotidian details, both refreshingly and intimately shared… Case tells the story of her first steps as a nurse.… A finely wrought delineation of the art of nursing. — Kirkus Reviews
Case’s precise language creates poignant images of her various encounters with illness. As a result, readers begin to recognize a beauty in nursing that exists outside the stark realities of night shifts, trauma, and sickness. Case is both an intellectually and an emotionally accomplished practitioner. — Library Journal