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BUBBLE 17 – BOOK REVIEW

Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem

Hey, everyone!!! Today I’d like to talk about a book I read recently which I really liked.

It’s about Dr. Munir Cheema’s journey through life through his services as an orthopedic surgeon. For those of you who are considering joining the field of medicine or are currently doctors/surgeons, this is especially for you. But it is a very interesting read for all.

It contains factual events in his life, what experiences he had or lacked, what obstacles were in his way, what he learnt, how people are in the medical field of any profession from top class surgeons to the security guards outside the hospital. He also added events of people he encountered. One thing I really liked about this book is that it doesn’t contain complex medical terms so you don’t have to search the definition of every word on the internet. It is a blend of ups and down, failures and successes, grief and humour, which is very fun to read. Once I picked up the book, it was difficult to put down. The book also mentions his travels to different parts of the world and how he related their situation, medical, social and political, to our situation in Pakistan.

For any book you read, you wish to learn something new or feel like a changed person from its first to its last page. For me, it was the insight in a doctor’s life. While I won’t give any spoilers, the book made me aware of the sacrifices, hard work and dedication doctors show, both mentally and physically. It is a noble but very tough job, since you’re workplace is where people are hanging by a thread between life and death, and death affects the doctor as much as the patient’s family, perhaps even more as he feels responsible for this precious life. In my country, people are employed in all kinds of professions but some people still believe doctors and engineers are the only professions and salary is good and guaranteed, so much that they force their children to consider these professions. I don’t know about engineering but being a doctor is not so simple. It requires years and years of study before you are even considered a doctor. It’s a humanitarian job. You’ve taken an oath to dedicate your life to this cause. Although the salary is high, it takes up most of your day. And most importantly, death is so common that it can cause alot of psychological distress if the person is unable to cope with what happened, whether it was his/her mistake or Allah’s will. But people here only focus on the high salary, which is sad. I’ve been told by relatives to take up this profession only due to this reason. I have considered taking up this profession, but not for money. For the service of humanity. And this book helped motivate me to consider it, because it helped me have an immense respect for the doctors who spend their blood, sweat and tears to save even one life.

At last, the best part about this book is the lessons he has learnt and the wisdom in them which are so applicable to daily life and can be reflected upon. Here are some excerpts from the book:

For those of you who haven’t read it, do give it a read. You will definitely learn something from it.

Allah Hafiz

😊😊

By Andale Seaworne

21. Pakistani. Muslim. People call me tubelight. Life is a roller coaster life but if you focus on the ups in life and have faith, life will be beautiful
Thoughts about things happening in everyday life stored in bubbles, waiting for the right time to burst out 😊
Loves McFlurry, Cheese and every food except green chilli, yoghurt, wasabi and humus 😎
Loves books and learning new things
Basketball girl 🏀
Helping out those in need
Holding no expectations, making no comparisons. We are all people of many colours. Accept us for who we are without labels

7 replies on “BUBBLE 17 – BOOK REVIEW”

This book looks amazing! I’ve just read a book about a neurosurgeon, and have discovered that reading about doctors’ stories gives me a new passion for medicine. I still don’t think I’ll be a doctor though… that’s so cool that you’re considering it, and for the right reasons! 😊

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It’s called When Breath Becomes Air (it’s about his career and eventual cancer diagnosis – not a spoiler, as it says it on the front cover!) – I’d also recommend The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (who was a neurologist), which is a collection of his writing about different disorders that he encountered whilst working. That’s so cool that you want to become a psychiatrist/neurosurgeon!! I considered psychiatry also, but I have left it too late to pursue a medical degree, so I might become a counselling psychologist/research psychologist instead. 🙂
And thank u 🙂

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Ahh I’m so glad you liked it!! I love the way that Oliver Sacks writes about his patients 😊

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Yeah, and how committed he is to understanding them even outside the hospital. And considering the patients’ untreatable conditions, its quite hard to commit so much to the profession that gives little rewards like this

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