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Hospital Babylon

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Hospital Babylon is an in-depth, amusing and highly insightful expose of the extraordinary world of modern medicine. It will take the reader on a journey through the various departments and wards where babies are made, thighs are reduced, noses straightened and spare kidneys are flown in from the Indian subcontinent.

We will meet doctors who sleep with nurses. Doctors who s
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Bantam Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Sam Still Reading
May 28, 2011 Sam Still Reading rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people wanting perspective of life in the emergenct department
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: liked Hotel Babylon
I made the mistake of reading this while I was on call. And yes, I do work in a hospital. While my experience of working 24/7 was not quite as bad as the unnamed doctor, there are a lot of things that ring true in this book. Written in conjunction with numerous hospital staff, this book tells the story of a truly horrible 24 hours in the Emergency Department. While all of these things do happen, hopefully they don’t happen in a single (double) shift.

This book is incredibly funny and yet incredib
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Lisa
Oct 15, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
Shelves: kindle-baby, 2013, non-fic
Having worked in a hospital for the best part of a decade now, even though I’m not frontline (I’m one of the assholes in offices instead, running the organisation’s websites and such), I’ve heard many stories over the years that would make your toes curl, your hair stand on end and your stomach contents rapidly leave your body. I can’t share any of those stories with you, what with confidentiality laws and the high probability of losing my job if I did, but I can recommend that you read this boo ...more
Kat
Hospital Babylon is the fourth book of Imogen Edwards-Jones' eight "Babylon" books that I have read in the past few years. Offering an insight into the world of situations and occupations that are glamorous and yet often ridiculed, these are pretty light reads, with input from anonymous insiders.

Probably the most famous of these books is Hotel Babylon, upon which a television series in the UK was based a few years ago. Hotel Babylon is also the first of the books I read (after seeing the TV seri
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Jade
Oct 01, 2013 Jade rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I devoured this book entirely and loved every frigging minute of it. It's hilarious and educational, both politically and as an eye opener for those who work outside clinical care. As an NHS worker I laughed out loud at bits that I have often wanted others to understand, such as 'I deserve an ambulance for a hangover' when they cost £800 a call. I won't list the anecdotes as I wouldn't want to spoil this for others, but it truly is a great read for a bit of a giggle and a breath of fresh air. Th ...more
Kingfan30
Yes it follows the same formular as the rest, with someone about to start work with a stonking hangover and it's about to be the worst shift ever. Although the chances of encountering a shift like this is probably slim, I can quite believe that some of these cases do crop from time to time. Some of them are amusing and makes you wonder why people put them selves in these sorts do positions, some are terribly sad and a fact of hospital life I'm sure. As always though a quick read that gives you a ...more
Xanthi
What's it like to work in a hospital - in Emergency, in particular? Yep, as bad as you would imagine. Possibly worse. I have been in Emergency once as a patient and twice as a concerned next of kin. The chaos, the delays, the crazies - it was all there each and every time. So, I seriously doubt (though I wish) the author was making this shit up. She has just condensed it. And it doesn't matter that this is set in England. I doubt any other 1st world hospitals are any better. And I shudder to thi ...more
Karensi
Despite their popularity I haven't read any of the others in the series. The subjects just didn't appeal to me as much and there were just some things I would rather not know.

While this book did reveal some shocking instances within the NHS (doctors on Coke for one) it didn't particularly shock me too much. Mostly it reminded me of Tom Reynolds "Blood, Sweat + Tea" (which I highly recommend). It had some tales of funny patients, patients that will disgust you and some sad moments. The whole poin
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Barukisu
I wouldnt very much wanted to rate this book. It's just for light reading at first, not expecting the heavy and mix feeling of the rush and chaos of the A&E department. 4-5 stars? =)

I love the way the chapter moves from one to another. Like clock moving from hour to hour. That's doctors life. Running with the time. Trying to save every single patient presented to them. It's very medical this book, and its story, but understand that its aim more for the non-medical people.

Its a good read tho
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Nurul Amirah
lepas habis exam,kelembapan membaca sebutir novel ibarat kelajuan siput babi melintasi pasu bunga.nyata,stress nak exam membuatkan aku ingin lari dari realiti masuk ke dalam dunia penulis.cehh kemain ayat.btw,reading this book was like you're watching grey's anatomy drama but A&E dep version.totally brilliant and hillarious but deeply moving indeed hahaha.tak tau la ER kat mesia camne,but time buat attachement tu ade doc tu pernah warning pasal teens partying with drugs or booze overdose dat ...more
Enid Otun
A very funny and interesting, albeit somewhat worrying glimpse behind the scenes with the people we trust our lives to. I don't know whether to be heartened or worried...!! Every work place has its skeletons, and the NHS and hospitals are no different I guess....I am convinced now that you certainly have to have a sense of humour to work in an A&E department as well as the rest of a hospital....and your life is forever changed by your experiences. Like the rest of the Babylon books, this one ...more
Caroline
I picked this out as one of my traditional airport books to drag along in my suitcase! I finished it in no time. Great to fill up time or when you are sun bathing or taking a break in a park on your city trip or even when you wake up in the middle of the night and need something to kill time. Will make you smile, giggle, sometimes wonder and many more. A nice collection of stories about a place where many mortals don't wish to hang around too long. Also waving together of the various stories I d ...more
Libby
Basically, my mum's a nurse and this was on the coffee table so I read it. And it was just kinda meh. Some of it was horrible {like the drug-addict dying in the toilet, that guy's brain falling out, the bleeding-to-death stuff} but more by way of morbid fascination.
None of it really shocked me though. Like, wow, hospitals aren't really like they are on the telly!
Charu Mohan
I prefer to read such kind of book after I finish reading a heart wrenching story and this book too fit the bill for a light reading. Would recommend to those who are either in medical profession or someone like me who can appreciate a normal novel on day to day life of people among us.
Ruth
Never failed to literally make me LOL. What people do with light bulbs, fruit and like will make the mind boggle. Having worked in a hospital and now a vets,I see many parallels between the two. Fortunately the more light hearted stuff, rather than bumping people off...
Shannan
Read completely on my day off. Incredible read. Loved it cover to cover! Some insane stats though but it helps one understand the health system and the highs and lows! I'd recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest in psychology or medicine.
Avian Jun


If you've read one of the books, you might as well have read it all. They're more or less the same, featuring the same hungover, tired cranky person on the worst shift of their life. Lots of nose-tapping occurs. Good lighthearted fun.
Jonathan Chua
A highly entertaining and interesting read into the lives of A&E Staff. A lot I can relate to as well. I'd highly recommend this book for med students/doctors.
Paul
A most interesting book about the workings of a hospital even though it puts all the stories into a day.

Definitely a good read.
Paul Wilcock
Fun holiday read. If it's all true I know that I definitely did not miss my calling by not becoming a doctor.
Angie
A fun read, but not nearly as good as Hotel Babylon or Air Babylon.
Kirsty
Not great.
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