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Confessions of a GP

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  3,076 Ratings  ·  259 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 comp ...more
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 th ...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.
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 09, 2016 charlottebibliophile rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
“The mind is an immensely powerful tool for healing.”

Confessions of a GP is a collection of anecdotes from a real-life English GP, working in practices across the country. It is full of amusing stories about patients Dr Daniels (a pseudonym) has seen and treated over the course of his profession, accompanied by tales of his sometimes woeful degree, and first days in new jobs.

As a non-fiction piece, it comes across perfectly! It is funny enough to be devoured, yet potent enough to sit with the re
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
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 b ...more
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, a ...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
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
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.
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.

Feb 18, 2014 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
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
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.
Aug 24, 2014 Carolinemawer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
Jul 26, 2016 Jacinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
Dr Daniels offers an interesting and humourous insight into what it's like to be a GP in the NHS system. There are tales of quirky patients to fulfill the humourous quota, there are tales of frustration at inefficiencies in the NHS system and there is even some tales of praise at both patients and the NHS system. So it gives a pretty well rounded view of what being a GP in the NHS system would be like, frustration, despair and joy and all.

The style of this book is great too for quick bursts of
Feb 22, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those that I think everyone should read. I had a slight misguided belief about G.P.'s and this book has given me an insight into their world.

Births, deaths, home visits and personal examinations, all things we know Dr's have to do but don't really like to think about as we sit in the waiting room. Although I do secretly wish Dr Benjamin Daniels was my G.P.

I have been given an insight into a world of targets, politics and mental exhaustion.

It has made me think twice about som
Dec 09, 2014 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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