This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Book of the Year
Winner of iBooks' Book of the Year
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights...more
“So I told them the truth: the hours are terrible, the pay is terrible, the conditions are terrible; you’re underappreciated, unsupported, disrespected and frequently physically endangered. But there’s no better job in the world.”
I devoured this book in a single sitting. It is rare to find a book that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure-- especially, I think, a nonfiction book --but this one managed it just fine.
It's very British, with references to British TV shows I'm pretty sure the ...more
1. Herbal A woman had come to ...more
The ending though was serious and includes a letter to the National Health service, explaining the many ...more
This is the first book in a while where I’ve read passages out to my husband while laughing out loud one minute and then had to hold back tears the next. It’s a full on rollercoaster of emotions that also seems to very accurately ...more
Today crossed the line from everyday patient idiocy to me checking around the room for hidden cameras. After a lengthy discussion with a patient’s husband about how absolutely no condoms fit him, I establish he’s pulling them right down over his balls.
Extremely witty and funny!! I fully appreciated the use of Harry Potter aliases.
This gives a realistic picture of what it is like to work for the NHS as a junior doctor and jut trying to make your way up the ranks. It is a sad state the way ...more
The diary entries follow Adam’s ascend through the ranks, from a junior doctor to becoming a consultant, specialising in gynaecology or “brats and ...more
Actual Rating : 3.5 stars
“A great doctor must have a huge heart and a distended aorta through which pumps a vast lake of compassion and human kindness.”
Yet another non-fiction I am reviewing at my blog! Who am I???
This book is special since it is an insight to the medical field. I read this as a medical student but I am reviewing it as a doctor now.
The book had a shaky start and I was not impressed which I ...more
This was a DNF for me.
I went into this book not really knowing what to expect so it probably shouldn't come as a complete surprise then that I didn't finish it. I think this book sums up why I never went into Medicine and in order to survive in the medical world, you need to detach yourself from some pretty horrific things.
Kay describes mortality in a very glib way which I suppose is accurate coming from a Doctor who deals with death on a regular basis. To me though life is ...more
Adam Kay tells us some stories about being a doctor in a hospital, some are really funny, some are tragic. He tackles some NHS problems as well and how they can make a difference between a good or a bad treatment.
Some context: My girlfriend is a nurse so some of the stories or situations were not new to me and for me, it's normal that I felt bored reading some of the stories.
That being said: this book is important. It shows how working in a hospital is like, the stress ...more
This book was written light heartedly, and a great deal of it was ...more
From 8pm until a couple minutes after 1 o'clock the next morning, I devoured this book.
It is beautiful, wonderful, poignant, hilarious, heart-wrenchingly sad, happy and every other emotion humans ever feel.
A full review to follow, but the NHS needs to be saved right now.
A first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy.
A really eye-opening read that provides insight into what it's really like to work for the NHS. My mother has been a nurse for 30+ years and from her I know how ...more
Breezed through this one. The sense of humour worked well, balanced with the horrors of Kay's job.
An Xmas present from my sis. She said, "You won't regret quitting medicine after reading this."
She knows I don't, really, though reading this I wondered if I would.
I think people assume I regret quitting medicine more than I do, which is, not at all. It had "not for me" all over it, and I've never experienced such an immense relief since leaving. My body was like, "Yeees, shut this shit ...more
However, at the heart of this story it's all about humour and ...more
‘This is Going to Hurt’ is by turns, funny, moving, revealing, heartening and shocking. Kay has given us a very human account of life in the NHS in the role of a junior doctor and brings into sharp focus the absurdly long shifts and the super-human demands that are imposed and expected of doctors and many other health professionals in the NHS. It’s an account that ...more
“The difference is obviously the whole ‘life and death’ thing, which is what separates this job from all others, and makes it so unfathomable to people on the outside.”
A collection of diary entries from a junior doctor working in labor and delivery. Some stories are hysterical, some are ...more
This book meant more to me than I was expecting, mostly because of how painfully relatable this when it comes to the reality of the medical profession.
I could write a review from the point of view of a medical student/medical intern, who has also been a patient for years, but I’m not sure if I’m up for that right now. Let me know if you would be interested in seeing that in the future though.
I realised that I was going to love this book when I read the dedication and introduction, Kay’s brand of humour is right up my street; who doesn’t love a book whose dedication reads:
“To James:for his wavering supporting.
And to me:without whom this book would not have been possible".
Then on to ...more
I’ve said it a million times before, but I find comedy in books really hard to connect with and I rarely laugh out loud at books. To begin with, I thought the humour in this one felt a bit forced and I ...more
A must read for young idealistic med students.
Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010 and this is the diary he kept throughout his training. He also added helpful footnotes to explain any medical terms not familiar with readers.
His fascinating account of his life as a doctor was painfully honest, heart-warming and many times hilarious. He explains in great detail his many experiences (including some ...more
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"Yes mummy, it's the part of the plane that's terrible".
This is how revolutions start.”