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Confessions of a GP

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  2,406 ratings  ·  237 reviews


Benjamin Daniels is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.

A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor. A woman with a common cold demanding (but not receiving) antibiotics. A

Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published August 5th 2010 by The Friday Project (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
I was struggling between rating this three and four stars, so it would be a 3.5 star rating.

I was eager to read this book as I worked as a Doctor’s Receptionist for several years; I thought it would be good to see it from the Doctors perspective. I think I should write a book from the receptionist’s point of view, I have many a tale there.....
Well this book is very amusing! I was sat on the train and had to stifle a few laughs. I thought the short chapters because it kept each section short and
I do like a good, reality-based laugh and whilst not explicitly marketed as humour, with a blurb stating the book is very funny and when linked with books such as Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor, the reader would be justified in expecting a good few laughs. Unfortunately this is where the book was disappointing, there were a few humorous stories, a patient having pornographic dreams about Tom Jones, to name one, but there was an overall lack of humour. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic, b ...more
It was a fantastic read. I could relate to many thing stated here, though am not a GP associated with the British NHS. This collection of anectdotes from the life of a GP is written by a currently practicing GP under a pseudonym. All the stories were thought provoking, and most were funny, more the so because it was not intentionally evoked humor. I read this book within a day or so and would recommend this to all in the medical profession. Non medical persons may find it a bit difficult to comp ...more
This book allows you to get into the head of a GP to find what he really thinks of being a doctor and it seems he gives a very unadulterated account of how it is.
Yes he comes across as opinionated, if he didn't there would be no basis of this book.
It is easy to read and requires no great concentration but it does give you an interesting view into the head of a doctor.
Funny at times, truthful but perhaps hard to swallow at other times.
Christine Blachford
I went through a bit of a phase reading these true life occupation-based memoir-style books a while back, and I must have picked this one up at the time. I remember it was very popular in the Amazon Kindle charts for a while but I’ve only just got round to reading it.

It’s quite short, very interesting, and most importantly – not too negative. It’s so easy for these types of books to be depressing, particularly the ones from people in a difficult job. The government troubles and NHS politics can
I'm not sure what to say about this one really. I found some parts of the book really interesting in relation to some of the things that people go to see the Dr about, and it intrigued me that some go just to talk and then when their 10 mins is up they just get up and walk out. I did find him quite patronising in places though, especially when he mentioned something that I had been to the Dr's about and then laughed about the patient. The language is a bit strong in places and I don't know why b ...more
I loved the idea of reading Confessions of a GP. It screamed ‘funny’ and ‘interesting’ and it isn’t everyday you come across a book on this subject. When I picked up the book for a great price on the Kindle, I started to read it right away, I wanted to know what secrets the author was willing to divulge to me.

There are a few chapters that are real gems and they are sure to make you gasp, put your hand to your mouth in shock, make you want to read snippets aloud to anyone who will listen as well
Dec 23, 2014 Hil rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: dire-books
I really didn't like the writer. He came across as opinionated, defensive, snobby, judgemental, preachy and a bit holier than thou, in what is supposed to be a light-hearted, amusing look at some of the patients an average GP gets in his surgery in the UK. I did not enjoy being lectured on the state of the country, the class system and the National Health Service. I wonder who the intended audience is meant to be, as anyone who would care about his opinions on the state of things would probably ...more
June Louise
As a nurse who has a good supply of humorous work-stories, I downloaded this book onto my Kindle in order to see the medic's side of life. "Confessions of a GP" are presented in short case studies; some comic, some political, and some where you feel the author is warning the reader against bothering doctors too much. To be honest, I was a little disappointed as I had expected more of a GP equivalent of a James Herriot type of book.

At about half-way through, I began to get a little bored with al
An okay book and easy read for those without the time to sit and enjoy a novel. It's quite opinionated, which the author admits to, but unfortunately not always on the way I wanted. Sometimes I just wanted to know the patient outcomes, rather than the moralistic tale. For this type of thing I preferred Hospital Babylon. However I would like to read an updated opinion post CCGs.
As I work in healthcare like the author, I jumped at the opportunity to get some insight into the life of a GP...

The book is very funny and interesting in parts but it's main problem is that it's a bit all over the place. Just seems like random stories have been collected together and cobbled together for the book.

"Dr Daniels" seems like a decent enough Dr. Certainly he comes across as very caring and passionate about is job in some chapters. Then you will read another chapter, (The chapter on F
First book read on my Kindle!!!

It was ok, I was glas to be able to download it for 99p becasue I don't think I would have been happy paying the 8.99 for it.

Basically it is a collection of tales from a young GP. It has no flow to it and you leap from one subject to the next. Although it does contain some amusing ditties on patients he has encountered along the way, nothing really made me laugh out loud and I was quite glad to get to the end.

I read this book as part of my World Book Night book challenge and wasn't really sure what to expect. This book is written like an autobiography type memoir so if you're not into biographies then give it a miss although you'd missing a great insight into what it's like working as a GP for the NHS.

The chapters do jump around, there's no real flow from one chapter to the next. It is more of a collection of short stories but I did find the doctor's descriptions to be witty and often funny which fel
I received the book from World Book Night and I was a little reserve reading the title of the book. However, I was positively surprise by the book and the stories inside. The story is about a doctor who shares his experience before and after becoming a GP. The book is well written all the medical terms were explained simply so the reader doesn’t have to look on internet to understand the meaning. Each chapter was about different patient and what diversity they bring to the life of a GP. The auth ...more
This book wasn't too bad although some bits made uncomfortable reading. Written by Benjamin Daniels, a GP of over 3 years, it's made up of small chapters, 2 - 3 pages long. Some parts were refreshingly honest but I did find Daniels to be quite judgemental. Not a bad read if your not looking for anything serious.
There is the occasional story in here to demonstrate that the author is caring, but otherwise it feels more than a little dismissive / scornful of many of Dr Daniel's patients.
Some of the jokes are funny - and presumably partly since I also work as an NHS GP, I felt almost-guilty laughing. Maybe it's that I work in a less posh area than him? Maybe it's that many of my patients have their very own sense of humour as well as heartache? He's not trying to do this, I realise, but for me the book doe
Khadija Jamal
This one I really liked! It's basically a GP (general practitioner, i.e. a family doctor) recalling various patient stories and making lots of interesting and insightful points about the NHS, health and wellbeing, and the state of the modern British patient.

I laughed out loud many times at some really funny stories and also hummed and aahh-ed at the topics at hand. I think I will probably go back to read it again at some point, because it was fun and thoughtful. It also conveyed what I love the
Ben Smith
An easy to read, page-turning book punctuated with interesting medical anecdotes, with an astute underlying social and political commentary about the NHS, medical ethics and the interplay between socio-economic issues and health. Dr Daniels provides the lay-man with great insight into the life of a GP; the highs, lows, annoyances but most of all - what drives him to devote so much of his energy to his patients, year after year.

If you're not medically inclined, and interested in the reflections o
Jenny Horvath
this was ok. Nothing startling. Nothinv too offensive.
A Charming preamble behind the curtain of confidentiality at your GP surgery. Our Doctor takes us through the motions of general practice, there are laughs, like the poor note-taking that tell us "the patient was X-rated and sent home" to the devastating, the young man with recurrent thrush & poor health which was actually a clue that he had contracted a life threatening disease.

If you need something to read that doesn't require hours or concentration, this one can be picked up and resumed w
I do like a good, reality-based laugh and whilst not explicitly marketed as humour, with a blurb stating the book is very funny and when linked with books such as Trust Me, Im a (Junior) Doctor, the reader would be justified in expecting a good few laughs. Unfortunately this is where the book was disappointing, there were a few humorous stories, a patient having pornographic dreams about Tom Jones, to name one, but there was an overall lack of humour. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic, bu ...more
Annabel Krantz
This book wasn't exactly what I expected. What I had thought would be a fiction-like story encapsulating Dr. Benjamin's experiences as a doctor in England, turned out to be more like a collection of very short essays, with no connection between them and no logical flow. These essays cover everything from mundane sniffles and imaginary stomach aches, to midnight on-call dramas. Predominantly, however, the stories are of day to day life in General Practice, and the ins and outs of working in the r ...more
M.G. Mason
This is one of those type of books that digital-only publishing has become famous for. If it was in hard copy, it would be a paperback that you wouldn't want to pay too much for and would be perfect holiday reading. That isn't to say that it is valueless or badly written, because it isn't. I mean it in the politest possible way in that without self e-publishing, it might never have seen light of day and that would have been a shame.

In essence it is a book of anecdotes, poignant tales of medical
Last week I posted a review of Hospital Babylon, the story of one day in an English A&E Department, which I really enjoyed. Because I enjoyed it so much I went through my books on search for something similar, and stumbled across Confessions of a GP, which I picked up a couple of years ago. I was interested in reading a book from the perspective of a General Practitioner, because it promised to be more intimate and perhaps more focused on specific patients and scenarios.

However, Confessions
I downloaded this book onto my iPad a little while ago as the Confessions Series really interests me. This is a book that is written by a real GP and tells the story of his many years in Practice. Obviously many names have been changed because of client confidentiality by the story is very good.

This book is split into lots of chapters each telling a different story. Some are about general medical conditions and others about particular patients. A lot of the time its the author giving his opinio
This book is a series of short anecdotes from a practicing General Practitioner (GP) in the UK. It would probably be more accurately titled ‘Confessions of GP’s Patients’ as most of the stories involve either the amusing, sad or disgusting stories of the author’s patients. There are some political comments too, about the way the last couple of governments have been managing the NHS.

There is not much more to say really! Each piece is only 2 or 3 pages long and they look like they could have been
Visiting the doctor can be a nerve-wracking business and so, even without ever having had to have a consultation about a condition that would qualify me for Embarrassing Bodies, I tend to prefer to think of my GP as some sort of living embodiment of medical knowledge rather than a regular person who is baffled by my boils or is counting down the minutes until lunch break. With this in mind, I probably wasn’t the idea audience for a book which is very much about the human face of the medical prof ...more
Ben Daniels is a young GP who's already amassed a wealth of experience in the NHS, despite the fact that he hasn't been in the job all that long. In his time he's worked in various hospital departments, and at the time of writing this he was working as a GP/locum, while also doing a few shifts in A&E.

The book is divided into lots of short chapters which each focus on a different aspect of Dr Daniels' job. Many of them are concerned with a particular favourite patient, in others he talks abo
Katy Noyes
I've read the negative reviews of this book, some by GPs, some by non-medical readers. I knew what I expected from this book - some funny and some more moving anecdotes about life in a GP surgery. And that's exactly what I got.

I can't be sure of course that it's realistic. It certainly reads that way to a lay-person. I did laugh out loud (I was listening to the audio version) at times, get tearful at others. I did find Dr Daniels both honest and deceitful at times too - but human. He's made mist
The attraction of this book is that its basically gossip. Don't we all want to know what happens in other people's consultations? It's a series of short accounts of different experiences. Occasionally I was worried - shouldn't he have referred the woman being abused by her husband to the police? But the book shows how complicated all this is for the GP and their relationship with the patient. Generally its a bit hurrah for Nye Bevan. But read between the lines and you can see the dismantling of ...more
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