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  • Published: 25 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742531274
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with my patients about life and death




Shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Award, The Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

'Cancer patients put up with the most and complain the least, endowed with an uncommon wisdom that is a privilege to observe. It is not simply that they see the big picture; if you spend long enough with them, they help you see it too.'
What really happens when someone hears the words, 'You have cancer?'  What has preceded it and what comes after? Written with great compassion and honesty, this is a rare view from the other side of the desk. Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava reflects on the very human side of the medical profession – the moral dilemmas, the anxieties, the empathy  – and shows us that the best doctors are the ones who keep learning by listening to their patients.
This book is much more than an oncologist's diary; it is an acknowledgement of the incredible courage of ordinary people as they confront the big issues of life and death.

  • Pub date: 25 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742531274
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Ranjana Srivastava

Dr Ranjana Srivastava was educated in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She graduated from Monash University with a first-class honours degree and several awards in medicine. In 2004 she won the prestigious Fulbright Award, which she completed at the University of Chicago. Ranjana is now an oncologist and educator in the Melbourne public hospital system.

Ranjana's writing has been featured in Time, The Guardian, The Week, New York Times, The Age and Best Australian Science Writing, and in numerous prestigious medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. In 2008 her story 'Ode to a Patient' won the Cancer Council Victoria Arts Award for outstanding writing and in 2012 Ranjana won the Nossal Global Health Prize for writing. She has published two books: Tell Me the Truth, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, and the warmly received Penguin Special Dying for a Chat, which addresses the lack of communication between doctors and patients.

Ranjana lives in Melbourne with her husband and three young children.

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