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Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor

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Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor In the vein of the best 'blog books' - the real life story of a hapless junior doctor, based on his columns written anonymously for the Telegraph Full description
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 21st 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

Published in 2008, this is Max Pemberton's account of his first year as a doctor, working as a Junior Doctor in a large hospital. He had a regular newspaper column during that time, and this book is taken from that.
This account is so funny in places that I spluttered and snorted on more than one occasion, but the strange thing is that although it really is funny, it shouldn't be. I know that things in the NHS and the conditions for Junior Doctors have changed in the years since this book was wri
Thomas Jancis
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I brought this book for my little sister who is doing her damn best to get the A2 marks to be able to train as a doctor. (And don’t ask what field. She wants to get into the school before she has to worry about that).
She seemed to enjoy it and it ended up in the car as a “stakeout” book. I would page through as I waited for people to get in the car.
By mad chance I read three quarters of it in a hospital as I helped my mother take my grandfather to an appointment.
I do enjoy these kinds of books w
Petra X
There are so many just-qualified, first-time-in-A&E memoirs out there, that to stand out the book has to be really different from the rest of the genre. And this one isn't.

Its enjoyable enough to read, but I've read so many, and this one has no insights unusual anecdotes to relate. I do wonder whether the author remained a doctor or went into writing full-time though, since he wasn't exactly sold on medicine.

Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny book which highlights the problems in the NHS due to underfunding and over-reliance on bureaucracy and middle-management. The NHS should not be a for-profit organisation and this book gently and wittily gives the reasons why. Anyone who intends to become a doctor should read this in order to prepare themselves even a little for the hard work ahead of them, and anyone who may need NHS care should read this to have a little empathy for those who will treat them. Excellent and strongly ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my third time reading this and I felt that I could relate to it a lot more than I used to, since I am now a medical student. I really love how Max Pemberton has made it accessible and readable to the general public and people in medical professions alike. It made me laugh, smile and occassionally upset me a bit.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intelligent, revealing and witty chronicle of the author's first year as a doctor, but the book's value also lies in his observations on medical ethics, and the state on the NHS and social care. Many of the vignettes serve as a starting point for succinct explorations of a wider point (be it assisted dying, homeopathy, self-inflicted alcoholism, the role of nurses etc), which are thoughtful without being polemical.

The book was published in 2007 and I think the year described is even earlier,
Brilliant insight Into the life of a junior Doctor,

I really enjoyed this book as it portrayed the truth behind what a junior Doctor goes through.Having spent time in hospital as a patient and working for the NHS I have nothing but admiration for those brave young souls that choose Medicine as their profession.I look forward to reading the next book by Max Pemberton and think all junior Doctors should be given a copy of Trust me
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read, right up my street. This should probably be required reading for anyone who has ever complained about hospital treatment. Doctors are humans! What a steep learning curve they have to go through. Pemberton describes well the horror of that first year but tempers it with some great humour.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very entertaining but also somewhat alarming tale of life as a junior doctor.
Charmaine Toh
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Light and humorous read after a long day!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
readable enough but not the best in its genre.
Ujala Shujat
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious and relatable!
kay cartwright
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once again I have totally enjoyed reading this book. It is funny, sad,in formative and so readable. I didn't want it to end.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Trust Me is just another 'diary' of the 'reality' of life as a doctor, only this one is not particularly well-written. It taking me so long to read reflects the quality of the book.

I picked this book up some years back, probably in a Waterstones offer because I needed another book and had read good things (read: puff pieces) about it. The premise was appealing; I love a diary and the world of medicine has always called to the five-year-old me who declared that she would become a doctor. (I am no
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

I started reading this book out of curiosity. I thought that reading about the life of a doctor would be interesting and enjoyable since I have an interest for medicine. I searched books related to medicine and found a variety of works. I picked Trust Me, I’m a Junior Doctor because it seemed like the most engaging choice.

In the book, Max Pemberton documents the daily episodes of his life during his first year on the job. He wrote it similarly to a diary, since it is dividing by dates. There
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sam Still Reading
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone working in a hospital or interested in reading about life in a hospital
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: can't remember
I can’t remember where I first saw this book, but I was immediately interested. A real junior doctor, writing about his experiences in the first year after medical school? From my experiences, I thought it would be funny, sad and interesting- and I got exactly what I expected. Max is a brilliant writer and sounds like a fine doctor too. He has got the trials and tribulations of junior doctors across the globe down pat- it’s not about saving lives and surgery, but filling in a million forms, char ...more
Becca Vitarana
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
first memoir book on being a doctor that I have finished,, however I am currently reading Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery and by contrast, Pemberton's book pales.

I appreciate his humour mostly and I liked it because he exposes the uncertainties and failures that a doctor may experience. Perhaps, I would have preferred to read the book in the original Daily Telegraph column.. At any rate, it was a quick read and engaging.

For me, what I found most insightful was Pemberton's ow
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-medicine
In this autobiographical account, Max Pemberton details his first year as a foundation year doctor. It is witty and an easy read, and I was able to relate to the feeling of being in a completely new environment, lacking self-confidence due to the mistakes you make and seeing yourself as a hindrance rather than a help in a new job. It was also beautiful to read about the transition that occurred over the duration of the year.

It is shocking that even though this book was published in 2008, conditi
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Ever fantasied about being a doctor? Then you might want to read this book first!

I was rooting in Waterstones biography section when the cover of this book caught my eye. I decided to buy it and I finished it in two nights because it was hilarious. It is based on a column written by a junior doctor at the time, Max Pemberton, which he wrote when he first started working as a doctor in 2007.

It is very real because it is based on real events of course. It makes you laugh, it makes you weep, it mak
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The fact that Boris Johnson described this as 'painfully funny' should have triggered some alarm bells. Alas, it did not. At times it was painful and at times it was funny, but there was something else that irked me about this book.

It adheres to a perfect rule of thirds:
1. One sentence is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
2. One sentence is quite endearing and emotional (and it is those episodes that resonated most with me).
3. One sentences is, unfortunately, deeply insulting/judgmental/rude and all-rou
Mark Peterson
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great peek into what working in a hospital is really about, the novel's both highly entertaining and thought-provoking. Pemberton does a great job devleoping quirky, interesting characters, and I'm left wondering how much was actually true to life (probably more than we'd guess). The first half resonates with any person who's ever been young and thrown into a new job out of their depth, but it's really the back half that elevates the book. While the tribulations of the less glamorous side of m ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a while ago i read this book, both before i started medical school, and a few years into medical school. It's so easy to read, written in a diary format. Giving accounts of situations Max got into as a newly qualified doctor.
I think some of the aspects to the role as a junior doctor have changed slightly from when Max was an F1, but it's still extremely relatable if you're going into being a junior doctor, and yet really funny and tear jerking if you have no connection with being a doctor
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-medicine
Glad I finally managed to finish this, it did after all take me about a year to finish. Despite this, I will (quite tentatively) admit this was a good read, predominantly because it was fun to read about the interesting elements to being a junior doctor. For the most part the diary-formatted narration was engaging but at times the fitting and finalised conclusions to some entries could consequent in a year-long abandonment. My only criticism with this book is that I found Pemberton a tad whiny ( ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
There are stories of abuse, love, hate, fear, laughter, joy, discouragement - from colleagues and from patients. There are moments when you want to cry out in anger and frustration along with the author. There are moments when you will laugh out loud. There are moments when you will shake your head in disbelief.

It's an insight on how junior doctor cope in the hospital, and we hear about his first death and near the end when he heroically saved somebody it shows how far they've come in the durat
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
As someone who is at the very tail end of medical school in the UK and about to start work as a junior doctor, much like Max Pemberton in this book, I can honestly say this is a very accurate account of what it is like. Although I wonder if his struggles are more pronounced considering that he went into psychiatry, the hum drum of daily ward life is enough to get anyone down but especially someone who doesn't really like being on the wards anyway. Highly recommended to anyone considering medicin ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This is an easy to read account of the first year of a Junior Doctor in what seems to be a typical NHS hospital where names have been changed to protect the innocent. A narrative threads between the diary entries that helps give some human interest - a thing many of the doctors seem to lack. But as I read endless accounts of the incredibly stressful and busy lives these Junior doctors lead, where even finding time to iron a shirt is an achievement, one question bugged me - just where did he find ...more
Jul 31, 2011 added it
What a funny read!! If I'd had time, I could easily have read this in a day. Funny, heart-warming and utterly sincere, this book traces the first year of a newly qualified doctor and the rollercoaster of his new overwhelming job. His concerns about his chosen career and the way they are cleared up are portrayed with great ease and without a cheesy climatic story. In all, a cautionary tale to those contemplating a life in medicine, and to everyone else, a fantastic account of how new doctors can ...more
Jane Ainslie
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read for anyone who works in a hospital. Even though it's set in England, there are so many similarities to our Australian healthcare system, it was totally relatable. Max Pemberton has captured what it's like for the junior doctors, and the realities of life working in a hospital setting. I would strongly recommend this book as a present for anyone thinking about entering medicine. He doesn't leave out the sad/bad/horrible bits, but it's funny too. I often found myself crying a ...more
Mar 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book made me very angry. The references made to "Ash Cash" particularly. As I myself have just made out a cheque to the doctor who signed her cremation form, (the same doctor who gave her the MRSA that killed her).
The doctors spoke of their mistakes that sometimes led to people dying a painful drawn out death, but vowed to try try again if at first you do not succeed and all that. never mind the poor family's who's lives you have turned upside down.
I feel this book would be more suited for
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Max Pemberton is a doctor, journalist and writer. He is based in London and works in mental health.

He is a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, writing weekly on news events concerning culture, social and ethical issues, the politics of health care and the NHS. He is also a c
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