The true story of an A&E doctor that became a huge word-of-mouth hit - now revised and updated.
FROM THE PUBLISHER THAT BROUGHT YOU CONFESSIONS OF A GP.
Forget what you have seen on Casualty or Holby City, this is what it is really like to be working in A&E.
Dr Nick Edwards writes with shocking honesty about life as an A&E doctor. He lifts the lid on government ta...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. At some points, it was funny, life-affirming and interesting; at others, it made me question why the hell I want to work for the National Health Service (NHS).
The fact is, Dr Nick Edwards complains way too much about the state of the NHS. Normally, I wouldn't mind that much - most of his complaints were valid, interesting and eye-op ...more
The disjointed prose is perhaps a necessity; it is a series of short vignettes and so will b ...more
The layout was good because it was episodic, in chapters that lasted one or two pages, and therefore it was easy to pick up and put down again, and the fast pace kept it constantly interesting. ...more
On the whole, the actual incidents described (i.e. patients and their health problems, or lack there ...more
So as you’ve already deduced, this book is a reality check on hospitals, medicine and the National Health Service in the UK. The author, Dr Nick E ...more
I came across this book after reading Benjamin Daniels' 'Confessions of a GP'. He mentioned this book as another possible that his readers might be interested in. I think he said he is a friend of Nick Edwards? Anyway, after enjoying one compilation of real-life medical stories I started this one eagerly. It wasn't always as expected. There was one bit where it started to get a bit political-government targets etc. and I will admit I left thi ...more
I picked In Stitches up by chance - I love reading about other people's lives, and as I'm a huge fan of TV medical dramas I couldn't resist. However, any hope of buckets of blood and lashings of torrid linen-cupboard action are dispelled in the introduction: "It is a bit like what you see in TV programmes such as ER," the author says, "but with less sex and more paper work."
The book started out as a blog to vent his frustrations and Dr Edwards (not his real name) hopes the ...more
But please, someone, get this man a proofreader, stat! Mistake ...more
The author is v witty which was concentrated at the start, but did unfortunately pitter out. More humour towards the middle/end part of the book too would have been exceedingly welcomed as I enjoyed such anecdotes.
Interesting enough book, but a lot of rants and insights as to how so much is so wrong within the system and preventing it from working efficiently .
I felt cross when reading at at the stupid way the system was ran by managers who hadn't a clue about nursing , nor care about patient welfare .
It was just about targets .
There targets and managers have/ are destroying our NHS
It should be read by all as it shows what misuse of the service causes and the problems that the current trends of society are causing.
Very similar to Blood Sweat and Tea, so much so in fact I wondered if they had been written by the same author.
The two stars overlook the poor copy-editing. *sigh*
My step sister is a Dr, so some of the stories & sittuations I could imagine her in, especially with the talk of escaping to Australia, as that's where she's currently working!!