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Confessions of a GP

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  3,144 Ratings  ·  261 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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Petra X
I finished the book. Why it was such a page turner or a five star is hard to define. It was about the routine of a young GP with a bit about his training, working in A&E and thoughts on the National Health Service. He's very firmly in favour of it. As am I.

There were several very interesting discussions apart from transgender (below, in spoilers). One of them was of the intractability of the pain of fibromyalgia. He said it was only diagnosed when no other cause for the pain could be found
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
Mar 12, 2013 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Marijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Dr. Daniels, for reminding me why I decided to become a hospital doctor and not a GP. My hat is down to you and all the GP doctors around the world who find the time to be psychotherapists, social workers and clerks for their patients.
Knjigu bih preporučio svakom tko ima ikakvog posla sa zdravstvenom službom. napisana je zanimljivo, duhovito, i iako iz perspektive liječnika opće prakse u UK, dovoljno je dodirnih točaka sa svim krajevima zapadnog svijeta.
3.5 stars for this one. I found it to be a humorous account of the life of a British GP. I suspect it would be fairly similar to the life of an Australian GP, although our Medicare system has distinct difference to the British NHS, but some of his issues ring true to me, as an allied health professional - patients failing to show up, having to say difficult things to patients that you know they don’t want to hear, then having them leave your room dissatisfied with the advice you’ve given even ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Shona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  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
Aug 22, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2015 Lynley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit, memoir
It would be interesting to read similar from an Australian GP, in which the politics would be different and slightly more relevant for this Australian resident. However, this is still a really fun read. Do I feel a little bad saying that? Yes... There's definitely a small element of schadenfreude, though not as much as I expected when picking it up. I had to skip the chapter on bodily fluids when he started to talk about the disgustingness of sputum. I can't deal with any bodily fluids at all, ...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
Khadija Jamal
Aug 06, 2014 Khadija Jamal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, biography
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
Jul 19, 2012 Kaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I did not like this book. My main issue was that it's really terribly written. I didn't expect award-winning prose, but the writing is choppy and inconsistent, the attempts at humour all fall flat and there is literally no theme, recurrent storyline or even an ATTEMPT to sort the jumbled mess of stories. Secondly, I don't like the writer as a person. He comes off as arrogant and bigoted, and that's not what I want to read from a GP -- or at all, really. So, I don't think this was worth the read ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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.

Jan 02, 2011 Ceri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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.
Dec 13, 2014 Jade rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2014
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.
Apr 27, 2016 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was ok. Nothing startling. Nothinv too offensive.
Clare Anstead
Nov 02, 2016 Clare Anstead rated it really liked it
Dr Ben is quite funny and clearly is still in love with his chosen profession - which is great
I read this (ironically) during a hospital stay and couldn't help but compare it to my experience of being there. It reminded me all over again why the NHS should be saved and why our fantastic doctors and nurses deserve our praise not our moans about long waits and such - when the chips are down the NHS works brilliantly and that point was made over and over again in this book. It reminds you that yes
Amaka Azie
Oct 20, 2016 Amaka Azie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very relatable and quite hilarious! One exact scenario happened to me! Definitely recommend for any GP who wants to have a good laugh
Oct 07, 2016 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars primarily as this has really made me think about my interaction with, and expectations of, gps and the NHS. With this, along with its laugh out loud moments, I would recommend it.
Oct 30, 2012 Indiebookzone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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
Meagan Houle
This book is a frank, compassionate, and very entertaining glimpse into an NHS GP's everyday life. Dr. Daniels (not his real name) draws you in with his humility and humour--confident in himself but always willing to acknowledge mistakes and oversight. He is clearly in the profession for the right reasons, though he admits that his idealistic hopes as a young medical student were quickly clipped by the day-to-day drudgery that is general practice.
He spends the bulk of the book giving the reader
Jul 22, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2012 Sophia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2013 Lauraloves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
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