A Long Walk Home
Interviewing prospective medical students is a privilege. Although some who attend interview show, through their attitude or unrealistic expectations, that they are clearly unsuited, most hopeful applicants appear to be caring, empathic young people with a genuine concern for others. All medical schools now teach communication skills as an integrated part of the curriculum. So why do so many people feel hurt and let down by doctors attitudes when they are faced with the most frightening and worst possible time of their lives—the diagnosis and ensuing sequelae of a terminal illness?
Rachel Clarks book movingly and truthfully chronicles her dealings with medical, nursing, and allied professionals in Sydney and then in London during and after the diagnosis of a rare head and neck cancer.
Rachel, and later her twin Naomi, take the reader through the experiences of being a patient, being given, and sometimes seeking, a bewildering array of options