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What a Life

Stewart Homan

5/5
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This was an incredibly interesting book; highly informative and held together with witty commentary based on this author’s experiences. What is a gasoose? “In simple terms, the gasoose keeps the patient alive during surgery.” It’s a lot easier to say gasoose than anesthetist, and if you’re one who administers “gas”, one of many variations could apply, gasman included. The practice of anesthesia is a lot like aviation and this book does a solid job of explaining why.

The book starts off with an explanation of what a gasoose is, then dives into all the experiences a gasoose might encounter during his/her day. From arriving at work unable to find a parking space, moving on to the evolution of the hospital dress code, practicing proper hygiene, the importance of hospital security, what happens in the “boys locker room”, preparing for pre-op, surgery, post-op/recovery, the role of the gasoose in maternity and cesarean sections and there’s even a chapter on gassing kids.

The narration was very well done, and the commentary and inner dialogue brought up visions of how Seinfeld might comment or react if facing the same experiences. Topics on hospital administration, political correctness in the workplace, the waste of financial resources and various other absurdities had me laughing throughout. I particularly enjoyed the exchange that takes place between a gasoose and patient. Nobody ever tells the truth about bad habits like how much they smoke or drink, so the gasoose figured he might as well not even bother to ask anymore.

Not everything goes as planned during surgery. There are numerous funny takes on this and other experiences a gasoose can face during his day. The book is highly educational as it dives into numerous medical procedures, terms, issues and problems. As one who is not generally familiar with hospitals, I learned quite a bit from this entertaining read.

Rob S.

5/5
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Sleeping With The Gasman gives a fascinating insight into the world of the anaesthetist. The book is written for the general reader – there are no long complicated medical terms or drug names – however I am sure that it will be enjoyed equally by the medically qualified. The text is peppered with humorous anecdotes and pertinent quotations from other writers to emphasise a point. The author doesn’t shy away from the tragic too, describing for example the time when three paediatric patients passed away during a single shift. “Is it possible for anyone out there to comprehend what that even feels like? It is actually indescribable. There was absolutely no support. No one asked this gasoose how he even felt. People rarely do.” It takes a special type of person to cope with the stresses of life-and-death situations in their day-to-day work. In an era when the NHS is all too often in the news because of its failings, Sleeping With The Gasman is a timely reminder that there are also highly trained, highly competent professionals who, with the greatest compassion and humanity, are doing their utmost for the patients in their care.

Isabel

5/5
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The book has a brilliant title. Written pre COVID it tells the story of what an anaesthetist does in a hospital setting. I enjoyed the book and having worked in a Critical Care Unit I could relate to a lot of his anecdotes.
It doesn’t contain any technical jargon and so should be an easy read for the general public. A great book to read if you are waiting for a routine operation. I especially liked the famous people quotations as it adds a bit of quirkiness. There is a lot of appropriate humour and sensitivity. Highly recommend to all NHS workers.

seba

5/5
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The book was recommended by a nurse friend. It’s a simply and easy read. As the front suggests there is a lot of humour in it. I feel maybe NHS and hospital related staff would enjoy this book. It was a bonus there was no mention of covid. I can’t understand why he substituted the word Gasman through out the book. I really liked all the quotations.

Narinder Purewal

5/5
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Really enjoyed reading this book. Great insight into the world of a doctor. The book is written with some humour too so it will make you giggle in places. Some great quotes used too to some up chapters I would highly recommend this book for everyone not just doctors and nhs workers but patients too.

Mani Rai

5/5
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The book came up on my Kindle as a recommended read, took a quick look at the summary became very interested.

Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, loved the humour and got to know what an anaesthetist does.

Love to read more books from the author.

Philomena

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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, littered with humour and quotes throughout the book. Highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Hoping to read more from the author
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Mrs W.

5/5
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Very witty insight into a medics life
Highly recommended read not only for the medical professionals

stephen comiskey

5/5
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Excellent read! The book is Funny, witty and intelligent giving us non medical folk a glimpse of ‘the gasman’ more more!!

Antoinette Brennan

5/5
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Really enjoyed this book. Very interesting read… and love the title.. looking forward to the next book!

Pratibha Malav

5/5
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“Sleeping With the Gasman” by Jazz Pal-Kerr is an insightful read and elaboratoly explains the role of anaesthetist in the hospitals. The author highlights the role of the gasman in the hospital settings, who not only takes care of patients in ICU and HDU but also make readers aware about the process of anaesthesia. What I found intriguing about this book is that the author portrayed anaesthetist as a human being.
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The book is a quick, simple read with lots of humour and sensitivity in it to keep the readers engaged to the story till the very end. The story comes with many quotations of the famous personalities. I’m sure all NHS and hospital related staff will enjoy this book.
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The book was written before the covid-pandemic hit us. So there’s no mention of covid. The cover os the book is attractive. The book is written in a simple language with no technical jargons. Young readers will find this story entertaining and insightful.

Prashant Singh

5/5
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We all have been to hospitals, we all have met or know about the person, the doctor that gives anaesthesia to the patients before operations, the anaesthetist. But what do we know about that them that they just come before operations drug you to sleep that’s it? No there’s more to that. Jazz Pal-Kerr brings to us the real story of lives of a anaesthetist with the help of this book.

Sleeping with the Gasman, is a really interesting book, which tells us or say gives us an insight into the life of an anaesthetist. Tell me honestly how many of you knew that an anaesthetist is also called a Gasman or Gooseman? This book describes the challenges that the Gasman faces in his career, I mean yes it’s not easy to calm a patient and ask him to trust him when the operation is a matter of life and death. And there are many more challenges, like in maternity cases and with babies their work becomes more difficult and complicated.

The best thing about this book is that it not only gives an insight on life of anaesthetist but also on his working methods and all in simplest words possible, so even if you are not related to medical field you’ll enjoy this and the anecdotes and the humor of the book don’t let the book get boring for a minute.

I’ll recommend this book to all of the readers as it gives us knowledge and also thes people, The Gasman we need to know more about them and they deserve our respect.

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5/5
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“Sleeping with the Gasman” is an insightful read penned by the author Jazz Pal-Kerr. Through this book, the author is explaining the role of the anaesthetist in hospital medicine. He is also making the readers aware about an insight of the process of anaesthesia. The most interesting thing about this book is that the author has portrayed anaesthetist as a human being.

Anaesthetists are aka gasoose or gasman. Gasooses manage sick patients in intensive care and high dependency units. However, their role in maternity is beyond words. Gasooses who deal with children, especially premature babies are the most amazing people.

I am really glad that I got my hands on this book. Before reading this book, I didn’t have any idea about the gasman. But now, I know a lot about him. It’s a must read book. Really thankful to the author for sharing all the information in this book from his experience, observations, etc. The quotes mentioned in the chapters are worth knowing. I really loved the writing style of the author. Go ahead with this book without any second thoughts.