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A Dublin Student Doctor

(Irish Country #6)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,651 ratings  ·  383 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!
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.
Re-read 2018
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
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
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! ...more
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
==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 "
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great look back at Dr. Fingal O'Reilly as he attends Trinity College and begins his life his novel which takes place in the 1930's The story centers around Fingal O'Reilly as he attends Trinity College in order to study medicine. Fingal is dealing with his father's disapproval of his chosen profession as well as trying to get settled in Dublin. We get to see the beginnings of his friendships with other doctors/surgeons who are mentioned and how he first met Kitty. Definitely read this ...more
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
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, the pugnacious general practitioner in the Irish village of Ballybucklebo, had become a favorite of thousands of readers. Now Patrick Taylor reveals the pivotal events from O'Reilly's youth that shaped the man he would become.

"In the 1930s, Fingal O'Reilly and his fellow medical students face the arduous demands of Dublin's Trinity College and Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and pl
2020 bk 230. My return to the Patrick Taylor's world was a look at the world of Ireland in the 1920's and 1930's, a world far different from the post WWII world that I have known. When his father refuses to fund Finegal's enrollment in Medical School, his brother has a suggestion. After three years in the Merchant Marine and enrollment in the naval reserves, Finegal returns to Dublin to enroll in the medical school at Trinity. This book recounts stories of those 5 years spent study, training, da ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor is a gentle, uplifting read that I'd recommend for anyone- but most especially medical students. This is the first of the Irish County Doctor series that I've read, and I'll be coming back for more. Coming from a medical background, I loved reading about the medicine of the past. My only complaint was that there wasn't more of the medicine!

The characters... I can't go on enough about how wonderful these characters are. They may be fictional but I came t
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. ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I love learning the back story of these characters and I don't overly mind the super technical explanations of medical procedures, but these books are just too slow to be more than 3 stars for me. It's a 250 page book elongated into over 400 pages. It just doesn't need all the extra fluff. Some of the fluff is fun, some of it is just too much. ...more
Jan Prucnal
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
3.6* ..a comfortable, easy going book about village life in Ireland and dreams of becoming a doctor. It takes the reader from turbulent times of the 1930’s to times of advancement in the 1960’s.
I smiled at the local flavor and expressions of the country folks and their generous spirits, despite being dirt poor. And, I commiserated with the young medical students trying their best to become doctors and help others.
It’s 500 pages, but will transport you to another time and place.
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
Leslie Zampetti
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
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
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! ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just enjoy these books so much. Rather like reading comfort food.
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
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series by Patrick Taylor is excellent. In this installment the reader is taken back to when Fingal is a student doctor and how he became the country doctor that is in the other books in the series.
The times were different, the medical advancements seem primitive to us today but the underlying message is a doctor must think of the person they are treating and not just the condition that brings them to the doctor.
Patrick Taylor's devoted readers know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as a pugn
Jenna Gareis
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Five things about A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor 3/5⭐️s

1. Well, it took six of them but I finally hit a book in this series that I didn’t absolutely, gleefully love. And to be honest, I’m kind of relieved. I kept waiting for it to come. Surely they couldn’t keep improving upon themself through all 16 books? Surely we’d hit a bump at some point. And so we did with Dublin.
2. In this installment of the series, we get some backstory on Fingal O’Reilly. We see him as a young student docto
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
Laura Edwards
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This just might be the best book thus far in an outstanding series. I enjoyed getting to know the young Fingal and learning what makes him tick and why. I also liked getting a portrait of his family and his early days wooing Kitty O'Halloran. Taylor's writing captures both the grit and charm of Dublin.

"A Dublin Student Doctor" worked much better than the glimpse into Kinky's past in the book "An Irish Country Girl". The writing and the way the flashbacks were incorporated just flowed so much mor
Diane Ferbrache
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this might be my favorite of the series so far. We've met Doctor O'Reilly in the previous books, and this one gives us insight into his upbringing and education before he came to Ballybucklebo. This one picks up immediately after the previous one -- on the road home after the races. Donal is hurt in a motorcycle accident & Fingal and Kitty get him to the hospital in Dublin. While waiting for him to recover, Fingal reminisces on his time at the hospital as a student doctor.

There are plent
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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