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Nikki Chavasse LMSS Business Sec 4th Year Medical Student

REVIEW

W alking into the Devonshire House Hotel on Friday 4th November 2016 , having been warmly greeted by an entourage of semi-naked men and a cocktail inhand , I could tell already that this was going to be a night to remember .

Tell me more , I hear you say …
After a beautiful reception with white roses to be painted red and candy galore , we were accompanied to the dining room to continue the evening . The tables were
“ a beautiful , extravagent night with surprises at every turn ” stunning , with hand-written place cards , an Alice-in- Wonderland hair bow for everyone and centrepieces with Wonderland paraphernalia to admire . A professional photographer circled the tables to help us capture the memories in a picture . Three courses later washed down with plenty of wine , raffle tickets were sold for charity by the very same scantilyclad gentlemen who had welcomed us at the start of the night . ( If ever there was a way to sell raffle tickets to a room full of tipsy ladies , having cute butts and six-packs doing the selling is likely to help !)
For the final part of the night , the DJ blasted tune after tune whilst we waited for our “ entertainment ” to arrive . Getting impatient , a few girls decided to give us an impromptu warm-up act ! Bryony gave a lovely speech and thanked the girls who had helped her organise the evening , before our butlers gave out the raffle prizes . FINALLY , the guest of honour arrived … But I ’ ll leave that review for another time ( you ’ ll just have to buy a ticket to next year ’ s charity dinner to find out !) Feeling a bit pink in the cheeks from all the wine and our “ special ” performance , we danced the night away . As the clock struck twelve we were joined by more guests from the Annual Bar Crawl who helped us bring the evening to a lively close , only after several more hours of dancing , of course !
So to sum up the evening , Charity Dinner 2016 was a beautiful , extravagant night with surprises at every turn . I have been attending the dinner for four years now , and it is always a truly spectacular event which gets better and better every year . To make it all the more worth it , all of the proceeds go to the mental health charity Mind , who do such amazing work for those who really need it . Congratulations Bryony , and good luck to the person who has to follow in your footsteps next year ! I can ’ t wait !

All of the proceeds go to the mental health charity Mind , who do such amazing work for those who really need it

Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition
26 book REVIEWS Camilla Williamson & Jess Catchpole The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Camilla Williamson 4th year medical student “With the fear of finals approaching, I needed a way to relax... so I re-discovered the joy of reading! Here are some of the books I have read recently...” When Breath Becomes Air Jess, one of our two Fresher Sphincter journalists, stepping up bravely with an insightful review of a book very relevant to many of us! Review by: Jess Catchpole First Year Medical Student “Paul’s writing also flows beautifully, which makes for an easy yet thought provoking read.” B. A. Paris This book is a psychological thriller and I literally could not put it down! Grace and her husband are inseparable newly weds who from the outside are the ‘perfect’ couple, but they have a disturbing secret. Why does newly unemployed Grace always cancel coffee dates last minute? Why can Grace never get to the phone when her friends call? The plot of this book escalates pretty quickly but that just adds to its addictiveness. Editor’s Note: Paul Kalanithi Behind Closed Doors I was so addicted to this book that I finished it on the train up to Edinburgh! However, that was mainly because I couldn’t make sense of the unrealistic story line and just wanted to see what on earth the author was going to come up with next. There is a lot of hype around this mediocre book, and while it didn’t live up to expectations for me, it is worth a read if you just want to get lost in a different world. 27 Paul with his family! Paul Kalanithi was a 36-year-old neurosurgery resident at Stanford when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Faced with unknown numbers of years left, Paul spent the last two years of his life writing what is now the New York Times bestselling book, ‘When Breath Becomes Air’. Having obtained degrees in English literature and philosophy as well as medicine, the book is what the title connotes, a refreshing and almost poetic look at medicine and what it is to be a doctor; what it means to have a life well-lived, to comfort someone in the face of death, and how an exposure to the dying on an everyday basis impacted both how he lived his life, and how he dealt with the diagnosis of a terminal illness. I highly recommend the book, as it is rewarding break from the science and pragmatism of a career in medicine, coming from someone with all the wisdom and perspective of being both doctor and patient. Paul’s writing also flows beautifully, which makes for an easy yet thought provoking read. By Jess Catchpole Interview with former Elective student Medicine Nursing Call The Midwife Jennifer Worth We have all seen the TV show but this book is a must-read for everyone who is going to work in the NHS. Don’t be fooled by the name, this book is as much about General health care in the 1950’s as it is about childbirth. It is absolutely fascinating to learn about the way things were just after the introduction of the NHS. The days when all GPs were trained by midwives, everyone wanted to give birth in their own home, oxytocins were unheard of, baths were weekly and the pill hadn’t been introduced. This book made me look differently at the way health care is now; although the advances that have been made have saved so many lives, are we too brainwashed by the biological model? Sphincter magazine | volume 80 issue 2 | Winter 2016 edition Room Why did you choose to do your [X]HXY‚[[XHۛYB[HXY[\˜H^\Y[Y[[[[ۜXK\\ܚ][HH[وY]›وXH]HYX\ۛ[›وHܛ^\&x&KXXH\˜Y[[8&x&H܈ žYX\[XZ\B[H[BH\XH]X][ۋ\ܞH\]\[\]YH[Yݛ[[H[X[Y[]™]\[ۙK'HXZ[X\ۈ\^\Y[BX[\H[H\][HY\[][ˈ[\X[\H\Y[™^\Y[HX[\H[[\XBX\[Y]HH[YB\\\\H]YK'B[\BZYY\B\[\\B\][ۘ[\\B]Y[H]]وB^\Y[O¸'H\]Y^H[X]H[YYX]XX\H\[]\X[\XX[KH\[XH˜\\H[۝\HX[\BH[HX]YH\\Y][[XK\[\YH\X\\’H[]\YH]YK'B]YXH[[H]BY[ۜY\[B[Z[\\¸'XZH\H][Y[۸&]HYZY\[Hو]Y\[ۜ˂[[\H[H]HH[][][X[][ۜYYX][ۜܝYYܙH[HX]K'B]ڙXXY˜ڙXXXY ˝Zš[ڙXXXY ˝Z•[ NL  [\XY^[H[YH \YH [\ MY][ۂ