It's very rare that I give up on a non-fiction book half way through. Even if I find something tough going I will keep on reading or listening because I know I am learning something. However after giving "Debt, the first 5000 years" by David Graeber about 6 hours of my time I am throwing in the towel. Maybe it was the complex nature of the material in this book or maybe it's the fact that I chose to digest this via the audiobook format rather than in print but I have found this book not only very hard going, but I also can't tell you anything I have actually learnt in those 6 hours!
I have touched on the idea of a template document for explaining options to pts before but felt it was time I actually discussed this in more detail. I call this my "Complex treatment considerations" document.
When I started doing more complex cases a couple of years ago I found it difficult to explain all potential options to some patients verbally in a short time so decided to try to create a written summary of the pts problems and their broad options. This process was very time consuming at first taking up a lot of my lunchbreaks etc. So after doing it a few times I decided to see if I could speed the process up by creating a template. Over time the template has been added to and edited but I now use it very regularly and find it very useful.
Within the first 10 pages it is clear that Yuval Noah Harari possesses both an incredible level of intellect and a great ability to explain new concepts about the history of humanity from cave man time till now. The shocking thing however is that these concepts should not be new, especially to me as an individual that has always been interested in science, spent years studying human anatomy and being taught by biologists at the top of their field. Once explained, these concepts seem so obvious, yet they are so profound that up until now they have been overlooked by huge sections of the education system.
Dr Chris Harper