This is an auto biography of a 'graduate' doctor within a highly stressed and, apparently, failing system in the UK. I spent a significant amount of my reading time just shaking my head and wondering how could a system do this to its most highest of trained professionals. The read itself is enthralling, amusing and disturbing - all the lightest possible of ways. So - if you are looking for a book that gives you an insight (albeit a singular one) into a system which, at your worst of times, SHOULD be your savior - then read this. Then eat well, keep fit and stay away from harm as your life may depend on it...
An interesting and funny insight in to a doctors life, I loved how each patient's story was short and to the point, with the medical explanations at the back. Towards the end it takes a more serious turn, I have never really stopped to think about the lives of the doctors that help us, and the pressure they are under. (in the UK, who know's maybe here in Australia also) . A must read for any one who's in the medical industry or if you are wanting to read a quick bio thats a little different to the norm.
I downloaded this before a plane journey and spent the entire flight stifling laughter and reading obsessively. Arriving home at midnight I kepttright on reading. An excellent insight into the travails of aa young doctor. Very funny but with an undercurrent of frustration at the idiocies of the National Health. A great read.
Adam Kay was once a very senior doctor. He had a wealth of experience. Now he’s a writer. In this fast-paced, well-written book he describes the trials, tribulations and comic highs of life as a junior doctor in the NHS. They work at a punishing pace for not much money, losing time with family and friends, for years. No wonder it’s hard to sustain relationships. Yet they love their jobs, and the glorious satisfaction of saving lives keeps them going.
There are some real laugh-out-loud moments. The guy who stuck his dick in a fan comes to mind, for example. And it’s surprising what people will put up themselves. A doctor often needs to psychologise his way past patients with weird ideas, inflicting common sense by any means available.
For all this lightness of touch, though, Kay’s final message is grim. Obsessed with KPI’s and cost-cutting, successive governments have screwed the idealism of medical professionals to breaking point. The conditions these people work under are brutal and would not be tolerated in any other profession. So why, when it’s a case of life and death, or the difference between a healthy life or an impaired one, is the government so insistent on forcing these highly trained people to leave either medicine or the country? This is a crie de couer that should be read by every Brit.
Extremely funny from the first page. Starts to feel a bit of a whine about money and the poor salaries of doctors in the NHS, but comes through that. It is a marvellous insight into the career, life and indeed the day to day operations of a doctor.
This was a great account of one man’s journey with the NHS. Unfortunately, some of the previous reviewers led me to believe this would be funnier than it was. I was expecting more along the lines of Samuel Shem’s “House Of God” antics. (I do realize the previous book was fiction). Having said that, I empathized with the bone weary exhaustion, the inane and archaic rules and regulations and the complete lack of understanding from anyone outside the system. It’s a shame we’ll lose more great doctors from burnout before the system changes. Thank you, Adam, for giving us an honest look inside.
I found this book riveting, enough information in each entry to pique interest without getting bogged down in jargon. Very funny, laugh out loud in places, but with a very serious message. Makes me at the same time glad I don't rely on the UK health system and also worried about what's going on with my own public health practitioners in Australia. A total page turner.