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A Dublin Student Doctor

(Irish Country #6)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,953 ratings  ·  316 reviews
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
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Forge (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!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you are a doctor, you might like this one.

If you like the medical jargon (ie: mumbo jumbo) that hot TV doctors use (and if you have a vivid imagination) you might like this one.

I, on the other hand, didn't love it. It was too procedural with all the medical stuff.
The procedures....seriously....step by little step were explained. I got to read things that were of no interest to me. They didn't move the story forward or define the characters. It was like a LONG side note. I didn't need convin
==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 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this novel which takes place in the 1930's The story centers around Fingal O'Reilly as he attends Trinity College and a hospital. There are sorts of cases to be solved, a lot of which are caused by diseases started by terrible poverty which is rampant in Dublin. An excellent read, and I encourage all of my friends to give it a try!
Gary Wallis
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dina Tanners
I am really enjoying this series and this book did a wonderful job of continuing the story in the 1960s but mainly focusing on Dr. Fingal's experiences at a medical student 30 years earlier. It fleshes out his relationship with his parents and brother, his future wife, as well as the medical students he studied with. It also tells a lot about social conditions in Ireland in the 1930s and concerns about HItler.
Nikki Spears
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a nice story. No sex, no cussing, no violence. I liked it fine, although I usually read fast paced thrillers or mysteries, so it was a bit slow for me. However, I would read more from this author.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Toni Laliberte
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, for the sheer knowledge it gives and it's told in a way not to bore or overwhelm, the reader. Patrick Taylor is an exceptional storyteller.
I enjoyed learning about Dr. O'Reilly's family and friends and his university days and internships. It's all so fascinating learning about how medicine was taught and how barbaric, even in the 30's, procedures and healing was. Hospitals, doctors, nurses, medicines, boy they've come a long way! I'm glad Kitty and Fingal are back together an
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is the sixth in a wonderful series. This series is one that once I start reading, I don't put the book down until it's finished. These books are very entertaining, and I'm glad they were recommended to me. If you enjoy James Herriot or Richard Gordon these books are for you.
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This book gives you the background of Doctor Fingal O'Reily. It goes through his student days and into the beginning of the second world war when many had to put their lives and studies on hold to go to
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just enjoy these books so much. Rather like reading comfort food.
Jan Sample
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, irish-fiction
Better than the Irish country Christmas - Description of 1930's medicine fascinating - I forget how much medicine has changed in the last 60 years!
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just brilliant! The best of the series. A graphic description of medicine in the slums of Dublin in the 1930s.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Finally, Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly has proposed to Kitty and she, after all these years has accepted. We readers know that as students the two had fallen in love but, with Fingal's procrastination and dedication to work over personal life, their romance had folded and each went on to separate lives. After a day at the races, as Fingal was taking Kitty home, they come upon a motorbike accident. Who but Donal Doherty is lying in the road regaining consciousness after a severe blow to the head. Fin ...more
Sharone Powell
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Another lovely installment in the Irish Country Doctor series. Patrick Taylor does a better job in this book than in some of the others of showcasing two timelines. This is mostly thanks to the fact that he is focusing primarily on the past.

For those who know Donald Donnelly, a motorcycle accident leads him and Fingal (who encountered Donald hurt on the road) to the hospital where Fingal learned medicine. While he's waiting for word on Donnelly, he recalls the past. We learned about his first m
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in this series that I've read in the last three weeks. It was good and meaty, lots of story in it, with Fingal's past and present experiences interwoven seamlessly. I found the book to be like a refresher course for me, as the author gave such thorough and natural explanations for all the medical procedures and diseases that Fingal and his cronies encountered during their med school years. I'm not a doctor but having done my nursing training in 1970-73, I felt very much at ...more
Don Wagner
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: medical people (!)
My wife and I listened to this together; she is a career nurse. We don't remember who recommended the series to us, but we both liked it a lot. This particular story is a "prequel" to the earlier stories in the series, a modern story (in the 1960's) with flashbacks to where and when Dr. O'Reilly was in medical training up to his graduation. One of the main reasons we like certain stories is we come to care about the characters, realizing they are fictional. We liked this cast of characters. We h ...more
Bobby  Title
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bobby by:
Reading Patrick Taylor's Irish Country doctor books are like getting together with old friends from my earlier days and over coffee and dessert reminisce over old times and get updates on what everyone has been doing. Like good get-together, I just don't want them to end. These books are simply fun, fun, fun.

What makes it extra fun for me -- and this #6 book especially -- is that I love that the story is set in Ireland and that it goes a bit deeper into the workings of "medicine" than Taylor's
Betty Davidge
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My second book by Patrick Taylor . I was spell bound by this one. It takes us back in time to Dr.O'Reileys student days after the big war (ww1). He's done his duty now returned to Dublin to peruse his dream of becoming a dr. For the people. Against his fathers dreams of becoming an academic.
The story follows his life through it all. Good and bad come what may. It gave me a good glimps of what it truly ment to have even the more common illnesses back then and rudimentary treatments they had ava
Melissa Cunning
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Taylor has brought me back to the story I've grown to love! When I realize this was another story drifting back to the past, I couldn't help but sigh as An Irish Country Girl had some moments of boredom and I was worried I'd experience that again. Not at all!

With two intertwining stories of past and future, I was loving every second. As you watch O'Reilly in the present treating Donal Donnelly, you couldn't help but enjoy the flashbacks that told of his family life and school in Dublin a
Did about a quarter of this book before throwing in the towel. I realize this is a prequel, and since it is my first in this series, a good place to start. But while the narrator did a great job, I just wasn't into so much description of hospital & medical methods ... it didn't hit the right warmth or humor notes for me.
Terrie Ann
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the Irish Country Series first. I was hooked. I read the next three books and at the moment I am reading the books prior to this one in order to catch up. I know I will eventually finish them all and that will be a sad day. Hoping to see this series continue on and on and on.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite of the series so far. I'm glad I finished the book, but I almost quit in the middle when the storyline dragged. Overall, I love the series, looking forward to the next book.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the series of books about a country doctor in Ireland. Full of humor, practicality and of course medicine in the 1930-1960's. The characters are great and I love the charm that comes from reading this author's books.
Diane Adams
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series, and I loved learning more about Fingal's background! It's even interesting to note the changes in medicine since the 1930s. And now I must go and look for the ingredients to make Kinky's Guinness Bread!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such fun! Although part of “An Irish Country” series, this book could be read on it’s own without reading any of the others first. I love stories involving medicine. The characters were endearing and the plot interesting.
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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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