S&S signs doctor's 'compelling' journey into intensive care

S&S signs doctor's 'compelling' journey into intensive care

Simon & Schuster is to publish a "compelling and profoundly insightful" journey into the world of intensive care medicine by Dr Matt Morgan.

Editorial director Claudia Connal pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Morgan’s "eagerly anticipated book" Critical in a two-book deal from agent Charlotte Seymour of Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Every day, Dr Morgan sees around 35 patients admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital where he works, fighting for their lives. To be critically ill is to have failure of one or more vital organs, from the lungs to the heart, the kidneys, the gut or even the brain. With ground-breaking technology, intensive care doctors can buy patients the essential time they need in order to diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions.

Critical will be a "compelling and profoundly insightful" journey into the world of intensive care medicine. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952, Dr Morgan will illuminate the "fascinating" history, practices and technology behind this newest of major medical specialties. Moving around the body and the different organs, he will then draw on his time spent with real patients, on the brink of death, and explain how he and his colleagues fought against the odds to help them live.

Connal said the publisher was "delighted" to be working with Morgan to release this "truly captivating and agenda-setting" book. "Critical will be a Hero title for us in spring 2019," she said. "Matt has a wonderful way of combining compelling stories of patients he has helped with astounding insights into the development of intensive care medicine and the exciting new medical technologies that he and his colleagues are researching."

Morgan is the director of research and consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital of Wales, and an honorary senior research Ffellow at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Morgan said: "Medicine for me has always been about making sense of stories. Patients tell their stories to seek help; doctors tell themselves stories to help understand disease. I’m delighted to now have the privilege to tell the public about the most fascinating yet heartbreaking stories from patients at the limit of life. My hope is to foster better understanding of what medicine can and, importantly, should do to help patients and their families."