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Publisher's Summary

Ever wonder why giving anesthesia is described as hours of boredom with moments of panic? With gentle precision, anesthesiologist Wolf Pascoe teases apart an overlooked world and unveils the eggshell dance that takes place at the head of an operating table. Intrigued or spooked by what happens in an operating theatre? Breathing for Two is a seat on the stage, a short book that will change the way you think about life and breath.
©2013 Wolf Pascoe (P)2013 Tinderbox Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa B on 08-18-15

Excellent (and a little terrifying!)

What a great book!

Excellently written and superbly narrated by Wolf Pascoe, a practicing anesthesiologist who ably demonstrates that not only is his chosen occupation difficult to spell and a tricky to pronounce but it's even more wracked with complications to undertake.

Wolf keeps us completely engaged in a wonderfully-written book which comprises descriptions of several patients of his throughout his career so far who demonstrate key aspects of what it takes to be the man/woman behind the oxygen and anesthetic mask and how, sometimes, the Doctor's humanity seeps through which can spell oxygen-starvation, possible brain-damage and even death for us.

Wolf writes and narrates totally faultlessly - really, this is as good as it gets - don't be put off by the short length of the book because it is completely engaging, beguiling us with drama, suspense and, yes, a little terror too when we think of what happens to us during a general anesthetic procedure and how literally close the anesthesiologist has to bring us to death in order that we can be operated upon. Wolf makes it clear that mostly things go smoothly...but it's edge of the seat drama when they don't. Pro tip: lose weight if you're able to before a major operation. ;)

I absolutely want to hear more from Wolf Pascoe - please, write and narrate because this is a wonderful subject which I don't recall being covered by pretty much any form of media and Wolf has a natural gift both with his written prose and his narration style.

Note that I received a free review copy of this audiobook - but my gushing praise is completely genuine, if I'd hated the book I would say so. Listen to the preview, see for yourself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By littlebear514 on 09-24-15

Great Combination of Memoir and Medical History

I found this to be really interesting. It's a great blend between memoir, facts and history.

The author did an excellent job narrating his story. Fascinating for anyone- you don't need a medical degree to understand it. His personal experiences and outlook on his profession has me thinking about anesthesiologists in an entirely different way.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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