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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  168 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Richard Gordon’s acceptance into St. Swithan’s medical school came as no surprise to anyone, least of all him—after all, he had been to public school, played first XV rugby, and his father was, let’s face it, “a St. Swithan’s man.” Surely he was set for life. It was rather a shock then to discover that, once there, he would actually have to work, and quite hard. Fortunatel ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 30th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1952)
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Best Books of 1952
52nd out of 62 books — 28 voters
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Apr 08, 2014 Rob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I read this book over 35 years ago. I was an omnivorous reader with a pretty good municipal library on the outskirts of the local shopping centre. I read everything I could lay my hands on, I was indiscriminate and voracious.
I read one "Doctor" book and then another and then another until I read the whole lot....well as many as the Moonee Valley Library system had anyway.
They were fairly funny books as I hazily remember. They were also easy reads. As the series went on however they lost a lot
Fun revisiting the student doctors at St Swithens. Some resemblance to the television show on 1969/70, and a quick, enjoyable read.

It is very dated and sexist, but it is a reflection of life and attitudes in the 50s.
I would have liked more. More details about life in school, more medical methods of diagnosis and treatment of the day, more funny stories about his friends. I've tried to think over what he wrote about, but keep finding I can't remember anything. Women? Drinking? A very important helmet? Gordon scatters sexism throughout his stories like raisins in a bran muffin. It's not all that surprising that they're there, but it's still an unpleasant surprise and you can't help feeling they don't really b ...more
Czarny Pies
Sep 27, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Compulsive readers aged 11 years or more
Recommended to Czarny by: My sister
Shelves: english-lit
When I first began reading books, Doctor stories were an genre like Westerns or Murder Mysteries. In this era, Richard Gordon was the king of the genre. Some Doctor practicing or retired with a literary bent should try to revive the genre, as Dr. Gordon's works are now decidedly dated. Read it if you discover an old copy in lying about in the tool shed or in the outhouse at your lake property.
Itai Gurira
though old . . .this is one funny book and the language is just delicious
Seamus Mcduff
Great fun. I remember vaguely the TV series from the seventies and thus wanted to see what the book was like. I wanted to give it a higher rating, but it's all relative, and it's not high art by any means.

But this is a fun read; not hilariously side-splittingly funny, but genuinely amusing, and obviously from someone who's been there.

No blood and guts, just medical student hijinx, beer drinking, falling foul of hospital authorities, and trying to get a leg over with the opposite sex. Makes you w
I always love reading fiction about the medical profession, particularly when it is set in the past, so this was very enjoyable.
Ich glaube das Buch ist schon zu alt, um noch wirklich lustig oder unterhaltsam zu sein. Oder ich bin zu jung, je nachdem. Ich habe mehrere Bücher dieser Reihe daheim, alle mal irgendwo sehr günstig gekauft. Wollte eigentlich wenigstens das erste komplett fertig lesen, zumal es ja auch nicht gerade lang ist. Aber nach ca. 50 Seiten hab ich mir gedacht, ich muss es mir nicht wirklich antun wenn es mich nicht interessiert oder unterhält.
Petra X smokin' hot
This is the original book in the Doctor in the House series and deals with his medical training. The Doctor books were written as memoirs, a fiction continued by the author and main character's name being the same. In reality, Dr. Richard Gordon Dr. Gordon Ostlere, a highly-qualified surgeon and anaethetist and contemporary of my uncle who was a reknowned anaethestist himself - but I didn't know that at the time.
A nice broadly humorous look at a young man's journey to becoming a doctor in mid-20th Century London. The scenes lent themselves to a screenplay and the movie starred Dirk Bogarde. Both are dated in many ways but very enjoyable if that isn't an issue for you.
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Can remember the films from a kid and loved them but the book was a good easy read, will tackle the rest of the set one by one.
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way too dated
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Richard Gordon is the pen name used by Gordon Ostlere (born Gordon Stanley Ostlere on September 15, 1921), an English surgeon and anaesthetist. As Richard Gordon, Ostlere has written several novels, screenplays for film and television and accounts of popular history, mostly dealing with the practice of medicine. He is most famous for a long series of comic novels on a medical theme starting with D ...more
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