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Clinicians have spent centuries perfecting the art of tending broken bodies. What happens when their medicine fails us? Where do we turn for healing of the body and the mind? In this wide-ranging collection of essays, memoir, poetry and photography, Granta magazine explores the mind of the physician, the plight of the patient and the maladies that bring us together. From a young man struggling to regain his mental health and a writer witnessing the surrender of her body to MS; from the dubiously labelled chalky horse-pills of faceless pharmaceutical conglomerates, to the hot toddy that was Grandmother’s sworn remedy for everything from a bruised knee to a broken heart – here are the worldviews and the stories of both the surgeon and the shaman. This collection shows that sometimes the best medicine is a story itself.

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