Confessions of a GP
THE UK’S BESTSELLING EBOOK OF 2011.
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
At about half-way through, I began to get a little bored with al...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
The first few lines of the very first chapter had me nodding in furious approval and agreement. It seems that slightly mad, batty, odd patients are littering all GP surgeries in the UK and not just mine. In fact, I was so surprised by the similarities that I se...more
In essence it is a book of anecdotes, poignant tales of medical...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This was the first book I ever read in the kindle format. It's a great collection of short chapters/scenarios in the life of a GP. Great for dipping in and out of, it doesn't have to be read all in one go as it is a set of random issues that the average Doctor comes into contact with in his everyday working life. You can quite easily read this alongside another book in a different genre and not lose track of it at all. Some of the stories are humorous and some though...more
He seemed to reference nurses but only in a 'trying pick up an attractive nurse' sense. He also references another doctor who told a nurse to clean up a mess he had just made. I am sure this is coincidental but it made me feel uneasy. Similarly, he spoke about female GPs being 'fluffy' etc. which I thought was a little sexist and a massive generalisation.
I also don't like his...more
Okay, so I'll tell you why I wanted to read this book:
1. I had just finished the first book of a trilogy and was quite emotional following it. So I needed something fresh.
2. My GP is awful. I mean he is just... I don't like him and so haven't felt comfort in my GP since I was approximately 7 years old and so I sort of needed my faith restored.
Benjamin Daniels (or whatever his real name was) led me through the excitement of a medical school...more