34 Patients

34 Patients

The profound and uplifting memoir about the patients who changed one doctor’s life


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A profound and moving portrait of one doctor's life and work in the NHS - pre-order your copy today.

"Wonderful - insightful and compassionate" - Dr Richard Shepherd, author of Unnatural Causes

We ask so much of our doctors.

To heal. To trust. To care. To listen.

To tell a man he might be dead tomorrow. To help a man who doesn't want to live.

To look into a parent's panicked eyes as their tiny daughter fights for every breath.

To watch a 103-year-old woman slip away from a life well-lived.

Doctors know our deepest secrets, our private worries and our most vulnerable moments. But they listen to all of us, and under their gaze we are all equally worthy of help.

34 Patients is the breathtaking and uplifting memoir of a doctor who dares to look closer at a crowded waiting room, and value each soul and story he encounters. Through stories of the patients he has helped and lost, and those who have changed him for ever, Dr Tom Templeton weaves a profound and moving portrait of humanity, asking us to treat all with compassion.

© Tom Templeton 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • Wonderful - insightful and compassionate
    Dr Richard Shepherd, bestselling author of Unnatural Causes

About the author

Tom Templeton

Tom Templeton worked as a journalist at the Observer. Aged thirty he retrained as a doctor working across eight different specialties (paediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, orthopaedics, general medicine, general practice). He now works as a GP.
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