Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence – How to get better at getting better

This thoughtful, compassionate and highly readable book will greatly help

Convalescent soldiers helping the women and children with haymaking, Great Dixter, East Sussex, 1916. Photograph: English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty

Convalescent soldiers helping the women and children with haymaking, Great Dixter, East Sussex, 1916. Photograph: English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty

Edinburgh GP and author Gavin Francis contends that while we have a literature of illness, we still lack a literature of recovery, and he feels strongly that we need one because once the crisis of an illness has passed, “guidance and encouragement through the process of recovery can be indispensable”.

His reflections on recovery and convalescence are based on his 30 years’ experience in medicine and while he accepts that every illness is unique and therefore recoveries must also be in some sense unique, nevertheless he’s found some principles and guidelines that have helped him and his patients over the years.

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