In her furious new book, Also Human, psychologist Caroline Elton exposes the crisis among doctors in the UK, who spend their lives caring for others without receiving any support themselves. She explains why she felt she had to go public about her counselling work with overstressed pillars of the medical profession.

Plus, Claire, Richard and Sian examine the literature of consulting room and operating theatre, discuss the vogue for medical memoirs and place bets on the winner of this year’s Wellcome prize for fiction and nonfiction on a medical theme.

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