Similar to Jenny Worth’s “Call the Midwife”, this book reveals a different, still hidden medical field, the world of x-rays. This story follows a shy, sixteen year old girl, as she attempts to become a professional radiographer from 1962 into the 1990’s. All the incidents and cases are true, for they are Patricia Toulson’s real-life memories. She is thrust into the harsh disciplinary world of a general hospital, ruled by barbed tongues of nursing Sisters’ and ridiculed and harassed by experienced male staff. She experiences horror and tragedy, sadness and joy but also humour abounds in unexpected places. She encounters child abuse, infertility and teenage terminal illness, countered by the wonders of the healing body and the splendor and radiance of pregnancy.
About the Author:
Patricia Toulson born in London in 1946, moved to Essex aged sixteen to train as a diagnostic radiographer. She married in 1967 & had 2 sons.
Aged forty-four, she graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BSc (Hons) Health Studies working with people with multi-disabilities then with the charity Home Start, supporting families with small children.
She wrote stories for her grandchildren publishing “Mr. Bear & His Friends” with Authorhouse, available with Amazon, publishing many poems with Random House. Her first adult novel is “Inside Out” revealing the harsh disciplinary world of Hospital life in the 1960’s. Patricia writes of her experiences training in an x-ray department with many memorable patient scenarios.
Patricia became deaf in her thirties & last year had wonderful surgery for a cochlear implant. She has become Patron for St. Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Sierra Leone, a charity educating 250 children aiming to make the school self-sufficient.
Reviews of the book:
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into life in an X-ray department in the 60s
“A well written and interesting account of life within a London NHS xray department. Interestingly it shows how different it was then with the emphasis clearly on patient care, not on targets! Really enjoyed the mix of social as well as hospital life. Would recommend as a good read.”
“This book could have been written for me and all my fellow student radiographers of the 1960s/70s”
5.0 out of 5 stars A charmingly written book which transports you back to the 60’s.
“Pat’s carefully detailed experiences whilst working within the radiography are both amusing & poignant. An easy-to-read book which my 98 year old Mum is also enjoying!”
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Press/Media Contact Details:
Darin Jewell (Pat Toulson’s literary agent)
Tel. 020 8292 5163