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A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Doctor Novel (Irish Country #6)

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Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal—and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become.

In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wis

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Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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I thought the previous book in this series was the best up to this point, but it has been eclipsed by this next one in the series! I loved the way Dublin of the 1930s is weaved into 1960s Ballybucklebo and Belfast, but knowing what I know now of Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly makes me want to go back and re-read some of the other books!
==Diagnostic case studies interspersed by narrative==
Patrick Taylor enjoys a fervent following of loyal fans for his prolific Irish Country novels so I was intrigued. This, the sixth in the series, is somewhat of a retroactive prequel about Doctor Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly's student days. It was the first of his novels I have read and maybe I realized too late that this was the wrong place to jump on board. My second mistake was buying a book about a student doctor's medical studies written by "
Anita Johnson
Nov 09, 2011 Anita Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fingel Flahertie O'Reilly is back but this is basically a prequel to the series. He and his lady friend, Kitty, are out for a drive when they come upon a bike accident involving his patient, Donal. They follow the ambulance to the hospital in Dublin where he obtained his medical training. As Fingal is waiting to hear about Donal's condition, he falls asleep and dreams about his old days there, in the 1930's, when he and his buddies suffered through grueling classes and medical procedures. It is ...more
Gary Wallis
Apr 01, 2013 Gary Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a series of books about doctors in Ireland around the 1960`s. This particular book is about how the older doctor Fingal got started in medicine in the 1930`s as a student at Trinity medical college. A great series. The characters are all real. This author has created a good series of books and I highly recommend them. ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At this point, you probably know that I am a big fan of this series. This particular installment provides the back story of one of the main characters, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

There was a lot here that was interesting, and I like that Patrick Taylor is fleshing out the primary characters in these novels. In the case of O'Reilly, we learn that his father was staunchly opposed to his decision to study to become a doctor - his father was determined that he should study a field that was "wort
Aug 18, 2015 Lynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I read a book, I try to notice how it makes me feel, or what it makes me think about. This book, however, had no impact at all. It's the celery of novels; it takes more effort to read than it gives back.

The story centres around Fingal O'Reilly, switching back and forth between O'Reilly's medical school days and his present-day life as a doctor. It appears to be a prequel to a series of books about Dr. O'Reilly's medical practice. Perhaps if I'd read the other books in the series, I'd ha
Nov 05, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Taylor is the rare writer able to create a compelling series and then keep it fresh while still using the same beloved characters and setting. In his latest Irish Country novel, the reader is transported to Dublin of the 1930's and Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's struggles to become qualified in medicine. The reader is treated to Dr. O'Reilly as a young man, along with Kitty O'Hallorhan, and the beginning of the romance which was rekindled in the earlier novels (where the characters are olde ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fingal O'Reilly comes across as a dedicated doctor from the first time he steps onto the wards. It shows how he met and became involved with Kitty O"Halleron. In order to make the transition, the book begins with one of Fingal's patients having a motorbike accident and being taken to the hospital. Fingel and Kitty accompany the patient. During the night of waiting for results for his patient, and the surgery outcome, Fingal relives various moments in his early medical student days in Dublin. The ...more
Betty Strohecker
In this 6th book in the Irish Country Doctor series, Patrick Taylor takes the reader back to the 1930's when Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly enters medical school at Trinity College. We meet his fellow student doctors, a number of whom he occasionally calls on in the present day part of the story, and get a flavor of what it was like at that time to learn and practice medicine, sometimes against the great odds of poverty and lack of medical knowledge we take for granted today. We also see his love aff ...more
Paula Dembeck
Oct 31, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this the sixth book, Taylor turns the clock back to give us a better sense of Dr Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and the forces that shaped his life before we were introduced to him in the first book of the series. Taylor used a similar process to give us Kinky’s story in book four. Set in Dublin in the 1930s, it tells us about Fingal's past from the time he was eighteen and leaving public school until the present time in the series when he is fifty-six.
Before World War II the practice of medicine
Nov 26, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about a young man who wants to become a Doctor. His journey to get there and his hurdles to cross, particularly his Father who is determined to choose his son's career. Fortunately he has a great Mother, and very supportive older brother. I have to give him credit,Finn,at the urging of his brother Lars and his "Ma" joins the Royal Navy for 4 years and saves the money since his Father will not pay unless he does as he is told.

I really have enjoyed the descriptions of the medical proc
Feb 18, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Canadian because Patrick Taylor has lived in Canada for years, but otherwise this is completely Irish. My Mother-in-law was born within sight of the Mountains of Mourne so this series is normally her part of Ireland but this one goes all the way back to the thirties and Dr. O'Reilly's years of training. There is a large amount of doctor language, technical terms and so on, but the patients and the sociology of inner city Dublin are all there along with the effects of history on people and t ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful visit with Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, part of the Irish Country series of novels. Here we go to his beginnings as a young medical student in Dublin. There is a little bit of a connection to a patient from the later part of the series time frame, but mostly you follow him through his curve from crass young student to serious doctor, ready to begin his career. I think you have to know and understand both medical people and the Irish to fully appreciate this book. You also learn wh ...more
May 26, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do believe this is one of my favorites in this series so far. Surprising, since it is a prequel and mentions only a few of the beloved Ballybucklebo characters. Taylor was wise in waiting until now to give us OReilly's background. Knowing him as the mature, established country GP he is today, learning how he got there is much more meaningful. Taylor did a fine job establishing character traits that have persisted into adulthood, and I enjoyed learning about his family; we've known very little ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Taylor has this series about an Irish country doctor and this is his 6th - but it is also a diversion, taking the reader back in time to when the doctor was a young man and a medical student in Dublin. I went into the novel with some hesitation, but found it was really well done. He intersperses the prior story with a medical emergency that happens in the book's present time. It was never confusing, and I found the back story illuminating the rest of the books that I've read. He wrote an ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how Taylor waited for so many books before divulging the truths of Dr. O'Reilly's past. Having him be already such a developed character, I felt much more involved in the story. It was interesting to delve into the background and reasons for which Fingal decided to pursue medicine, his first encounter with Kitty and Fitzpatrick, and his close relationship with his brother, Lars as well as with his parents. It was good to read of Fingal's struggles and sacrifices as well as his hair-brain ...more
Just brilliant! The best of the series. A graphic description of medicine in the slums of Dublin in the 1930s.
Feb 22, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picking up directly after the aftermath of the horse races from An Irish Country Courtship, the newly engaged Dr. O'Reilly comes across an accident involving one of his patients. Dr. O'Reilly accompanies his patient to the Dublin teaching hospital. While awaiting his patient to enter surgery under the care of an old college friend, Dr. O'Reilly finds himself spending the night in the student rooms at the teaching hospital.

The room brings back many memories for Dr. O'Reilly and as he drifts off
Sep 09, 2012 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review of ‘A Dublin Student Doctor’ is the latest read for me in the Irish Country series. I have enjoyed every one of the stories/books and this was no exception.
(Actually, I haven’t read ‘Irish Country Girl’, and probably won’t.)

It starts in the present and time warps back some 30 years to explain how Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly defied his learned professor father and delved into his passion of studying medicine. Just as it was fun to meet the wonderful inhabitants of Ballybucklebo, Dr. O’
Jun 11, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy this series listening on audio (unabridged version) in the car. I really like this series! The books remind me a bit of James Herriott's series 'All Creatures Great & Small" about small town life in the British Isles only with people rather than animals. This one delves into O'Reiley's younger years so we learn his story & how he becomes the man he is. His father wanted him to become a professor like himself which caused a rift between them for years. But at the encou ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had some serious issues with the writing in this book! It starts out jumpy and confusing, you can't tell what time period you are in. It's SO repetitive, if you took out every time he repeats something it would be 100 pages shorter. And the ending...I won't spoil but it's just off. But I had an Advanced Reader copy (I won from Goodreads First Reads) so I'm hoping that an editor went through and at least fixed some of this before the book was actually published. For that reason, I didn't deduct ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Unique author endows an Irish heartwarming story of medicine, love and achievement.

A Dublin Student Doctor audiobook is quite unique and I fell in love with this CD set from the start. I found the Irish accents of Patrick Taylor quite extraordinary, even more so as he did the voice-overs for some of the other characters. It did not take me long to settle into the different voices and completely forget Taylor played more than just Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly. Having a medical background myse
Nov 15, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Again, a very sweet book. And it's nice to have some history on Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

While on an excursion with his sweetheart, Kitty O'Halloran, they come upon a motor cycle accident involving a local chap, Donal. Fingal to the rescue, and as he rides to Dublin in the ambulance, he begins to relive his earlier years and what brought him to medicine, and indeed, general practice.

Fingal's father vehemently opposes the whole idea of his son lowering himself to the practice of medicine and
May 10, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sad for this rather lengthy book to come to an end. I have been listening to this novel for a few weeks whilst commuting and, while a bit less-than-enamored at first, it really grew on me. Patrick Taylor's "Irish Country Doctor" books can be compared to the James Herriot vet books and are aimed at a similar audience. This is my first exposure to his series but I, inadvertently, am reading/listening to it in order, because while this entry was published only last year, it goes back to the D ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Mandolin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've come to admire Patrick Taylor's Dr. Fingal O'Reilly in his later years as a gruff but soft-hearted county Doctor in Northern Ireland. How refreshing to get this chance to look back into his past, to the early 1930s when, against the wishes of his academic father, he paid his way through Dublin's Trinity Medical School after serving in the Royal Navy. The book captures O'Reilly's years of clinical instruction so well and underscores how primitive medicine at the time was. Fingal and his fell ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This is the third novel I've listened to in the Irish Country series. The others are An Irish Country Girl, an An Irish Country Doctor. There are others in the series I haven't read yet.
Patrick Taylor was born and grew up in Ireland and became a doctor there. He now lives in B.C.
This novel features Doctor Fingal O'Reilly. Dr. O'Reilly is driving home from the races in 1965 when he comes across an accident. One of his patients has crashed his motorcycle.
Dr. O'Reilly accompanies him in the ambulan
Feb 14, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This sixth book in Patrick Taylor's "Irish Country..." series is set in the 1930's and follows Dr. Fingal O'Reilly though his days as a student doctor.

Fingal has always wanted to be a doctor. His father, a professor, wants him to be an engineer. The elder O'Reilly refuses to fund Fingal's education as a doctor. Fingal joins the Navy for four years to earn and save the money he'll need for med school.

He begins school, finds time for rugby, boxing, and courting. A couple of setbacks during his sen
Katherine Coble
Mar 29, 2012 Katherine Coble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medical Fiction enthusiasts, Fans of Ireland
Years ago I read the first book in this series, _An Irish Country Doctor_ and hated HATED it. It wasn't at all what it promised to be--a Herriott book for people--and was instead more about the world's most uninteresting character, a young doctor named Barry Laverty who is apprenticing to a crusty GP in the N. Ireland Countryside. We had to watch Boring Barry screw up his love life and his work life and learn Valuable Lessons About People. Just a yawn of a yarn.

The only thing that kept me readi
May 06, 2012 Chuck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes all you need is a halfway decent story told in workmanlike prose. For such an occasion, A Dublin Student Doctor fits the bill. It's a prequel to the other five books in Taylor's popular "Irish Country Novel" series, so if you are concerned about sequences, it probably ought to be read either before or after all the rest of them.

The novel begins and ends in the 1960s, but most of it is set during Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's years as a medical student during the 1930s. Norms of socia
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one
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