Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands....
|Title||:||This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Reviews
This is Going to Hurt is one of my favourite books of the year. If you're all over book industry news, you'll know that it just won the Non-Fiction Award and Readers Choice Award in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, and I'm sure they are the first of many accolades! I know that I've been recommending it to everyone I know, young and old.
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Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really should read this book, you'll love it. Unless you are squeamish or pregnant. If you are pregnant, wait till your baby is born then read it. If you are squeamish, read it with your eyes closed or a bucket beside you! Jus ...more
Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering the topic. I always find medical books of this sort very fascinating and I think this is growing to become a genre of it's own that I look forward to delving into.
"Such an inspirational view of working in the NHS. The humour throughout gave it a lighthearted feel but it also very cleverly touched on a number of concerning issues. Very informative regarding medical vocabulary and procedures which makes this book extremely accessible to the general public! Would hugely recommend!"
The book follows Kay on his medical journey as a Junior Doctor across different placements. It allow a very transparent view of responsibility, feasibility, and capabilities of a y ...more
I finished the book. It was a mostly irreverent look at the early years of being a junior doctor, then an obstetrician, until something catastrophic happens to a patient and the author turned from medicine to writing comedy. It was an excellent read, one good anecdote after another and rather than a review I'd like to summarise two. One concerns herbal medicine and the other the very serious topic of spousal abuse and how the hospital dealt with it in pregnant women.
1. Herbal A woman had come to ...more
The first thing that comes to mind about this book was: Hilarious and hard-hitting. I tend to get bored by non-fiction books especially memoirs, but I had such a great reading experience, I had so much fun reading this book.
The author, Adam Kay, is now a comedian and a comedy writer but he also has a track record as an obstetrician and worked for NHS before he changed his occupation.
This book is basically composed of his diary entries when he was working for NHS, a stripped-down accounts of life ...more
I am going to be in so much trouble when my sister finds out I gave this book to my niece as this is probably not a very appropriate book for a 17-year-old. But she is determined to become a doctor and she needs to know it’s not just about rockstar surgeries and making buckets of money. It is the most insane working hours, thankless work with crap pay.
The diary entries follow Adam’s ascend through the ranks, from a junior doctor to becoming a consultant, specialising in gynaecology or “brats and ...more
What an amazing book. It's genuinely hilarious but utterly and completely devastating and heart-breaking. It has changed my perception of the NHS and junior doctors.
If you are ever likely to be ill, you should read this. If you are ever likely to conceive, you should read this. If you are a woman and likely to give birth, you should read this. If you are a man and likely to spawn kids, you should read this. If you think you are ever likely to die, you should read this. Even if you're bloody ric ...more