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The Prison Doctor

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  17,199 ratings  ·  1,079 reviews
Dr Amanda Brown has treated inmates in the UK’s most infamous prisons – first in young offenders’ institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe’s largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self-harm, she has witnessed it all. In t ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by HQ
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Petra is skipping Mon & going straight to Tue
Sucked in by the hype, (view spoiler) I bought the book. The writing is pedestrian, the stories mundane. Despite the advance publicity there is nothing eye-opening or extraordinary about the s ...more
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Summary
This book depicts the patients lives that Dr. Amanda Brown had to encounter inside the walls of Bronzefield, the UK’s biggest women’s prison.

Some important topics discussed in this book
Homelessness and drug abuse
Almost without fail, the prisoners tell the same story that if they are homeless on release, they will be back doing drugs again to enable them to cope and block the horror of their reality. Sometimes they say they try and get a shelter in the crack house. But,
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Moya Richardson
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
The writer is extremely irritating throughout the whole book. She loves to shout about how much she cares for her patients and how they all "entirely depend on her to survive". It's very poorly written and so full of cliches. Not worth the money at all ...more
Sara
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never really thought about healthcare in prisons. For someone like myself, with a pretty privileged background, I’ve never really needed to think about it. The Prison Doctor has opened my eyes to some of the tasks medical professionals undertake in such an environment, and some of the struggles they encounter in order to try and help their patients.

One of the main feelings I got while reading this was the large amount of compa
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~Jo~
This book was such a valuable insight from start to finish. I wish I hadn't left it sitting on my shelf so long, as this book was just what the doctor ordered. Doctor Amanda Brown trained to be a doctor, and she worked in her own GP surgery, that she helped develop over the years she was there. When the Government announced that there was going to be some major changes made, instead of accepting that, she took a giant leap of faith, and left to join the prison service, where over the years, she ...more
Sarah
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good and very interesting in how doctors in the prison system work. It was a very easy read and I flew through the pages. It was very enjoyable and I hope Amanda writes another book because I really want to know more. It was a great read.
Stephanie Parnell
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
The whole book felt like it was blowing smoke up her own butt; it felt like she was constantly telling us how all these prisoners love me. The story about her confronting the prisoner who shouted mean comments at her when leaving the prison which lead to the prisoner saying "oh. I'm sorry doc, i didn't realise it was you. I just do it to pass the time" felt like her telling us yet again how the prisoners loved her and would never knowingly disrespect her like that. Especially since she had just ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
This medical memoir was eye-opening, gripping and at times, very hard-hitting to read. Following Amanda's experiences of working as a doctor first in a GP Surgery, then a Male Youth Offenders Unit, a male prison and finally a women's prison over many years, she sees first-hand incidents that occur within the prison walls and learns more about most of their backgrounds. There are triggers in this for self-harm, suicide and blood. However, I can't recommend this book highly enough. The stories of ...more
Kira
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
One middle-class do-gooder steps outside of her usual orbit and ego trips for 200 pages as a result. Will never understand the 5-star reviews.
Shawney
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought this book was painful to read. It seemed so amateur. The writer described every single thing and it was so draining. For example 'I took a hot cup of tea and sat down at our chunky wooden table'. Almost every other word was unnecessary and just so child like. The more I think about it the more I disliked the book. I can't even begin to comment on the stories in there because they were surrounded by and contained so much fluff ...more
Bookread2day
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My paperback review is on my website. www.bookread2day.wordpress.com


An horrifying, heartbreaking and eye-opening stories of patients and the cases.

Dr Amanda Brown had worked in HMP Bronzefield, that was the largest female prison in Europe. Home to seventeen out of the twenty most dangerous women in the UK. Some of the high profile murderers have been locked up there. Serial killer Joanna Dennehy, Becky Watt’s killer Shauna Hoare, Mairead Philpott, who helped start a fire that killed six of her c
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Paul Bamforth
Jul 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Often dull and has an overwhelming feeling of fabrication throughout, this is a forgettable memoir of unremarkable stories.
Ruthy lavin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative, honest, harrowing and heart warming - well worth a read for fans of many genres.
Greta
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
This doctor writes like an overly emotional social worker that lives on the moon.

Brown discribes her experience working as a doctor in several prisons, after she had to leave her practice.

But this book really isn‘t much about medicine. Instead it’s much more about the personal stories of the patients and Browns inability to process them.

She seems to live in a perfect world, with clean streets, no violence and no drugs. Where children are always kind and open doors for the elderly, migration isn‘
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Nat
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Content warning: contains graphic references to self harm, suicide, and sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

Many tragic stories told by an extremely compassionate doctor. A very difficult listen.
Arna
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is Dr Amanda Brown’s story of her time working as a prison doctor. She’s seen it all from violent attacks from other prisoners to prisoners harming themselves. This book tells her story and the cases that have really had an impact.
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I’m a big fan of doctor memoirs. Which is funny because I’m a sook who hates needles and the sight of blood 🥴
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Though this one focuses more on the emotional side of things and the connections made in such a hostile environment, r
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Amber (amberinbookland)
2.5
I really, really thought that I was going to love this book but the majority of this book really, really irritated me. The classism, prejudice, and not-so-great approach to mental health appalled me. I am extremely grateful for health workers and they deserve to feel proud of their work - but not at the expense of their vulnerable patients.

The author continuously pats herself on the back for not completely ignoring her patients' mental health issues, repeatedly reminding the reader that ther
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Abi
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read non fiction books about true crime/forensic pathology/coroners.

I knew this would be a book that I would like.

This book is so fascinating. I liked reading about the different cases that Dr Brown described. What I didn't realize about this book before reading it is how incredibly heartbreaking it was going to be.

When she started describing the inmates at the women's prison and what occurred for them to end up there was so sad.

I also didn't realize how terrifying some of the book wo
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Kirsty Mills
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is a terrible account of prison life. The Dr spends the whole book talking about how amazing she is. The stories are sensationalised for readers and do not give an accurate representation of prison life at all. The fact that she justifies how her behaviour and attitudes towards prisoners was exemplary is shocking. She was highly unprofessional on several occasions. No mention of the difficulties staff face, or even prisoners unless it presented a way to big herself up. All prisoners were po ...more
Laura
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
A thoughtfully written memoir detailing the authors experience of giving up her successful GP practice to work in the world of prison medicine. There are some really intriguing stories to be told but some lack the detail I craved.

The authors writing comes across very much as a novice writer, however she is undoubtedly committed to her role as a doctor and strives to ensure healthcare is provided for all her patients regardless of their crimes.

An easy read despite its hard subject matter. If you
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Adele Shea
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute eye opener!
Dr Amanda Brown, thank you so much for sharing some of yours and your patient's stories. The world is a better place because of people like you.

I can not recommend this book enough.
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Beth
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick read and only took me a couple of hours to get through. It is an interesting and eye-opening look at prisons and the chapters from the Women’s prison were heartbreaking. However, I found the book focused a lot on how amazing Dr Brown is.

This book was definitely used to aid her ego. I also felt that a lot of it was your typical rich person thinks they're better than everyone once they spend time/help someone who doesn’t have any money. I wanted to read more about the prisoners/pat
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Rebecca Beasley
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was overall an interesting, if slightly bland read. The author has an easy writing style, but I felt that it really lacked in detail - she’s witnessed a lot of things in her time as a prison doctor, but I felt that she didn’t delve very deeply into the prisoners lives, crimes or even illnesses, instead filling the book with sometimes unrelated passages about her family and country walks. The third part of the book was the most interesting definitely, it had some of the detail missing that I ...more
Rob Twinem
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Amanda Brown trained and worked as a general practitioner for many years but became somewhat disillusioned when the government introduced many changes all to the detriment of doctors and ultimately patients. She took a great leap of faith moved to the prison service and worked at HMP Huntercombe, Wormwood Scrubs,and Bronzefield which incarcerated high profile women offenders and as such was rated the biggest prison of its type in the whole of Europe.

In short this is a wonderful read. It i
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Rob Twinem
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doctor Amanda Brown trained and worked as a general practitioner for many years but became somewhat disillusioned when the government introduced many changes all to the detriment of doctors and ultimately patients. She took a great leap of faith moved to the prison service and worked at HMP Huntercombe, Wormwood Scrubs,and Bronzefield which incarcerated high profile women offenders and as such was rated the biggest prison of its type in the whole of Europe.

In short this is a wonderful read. It i
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Lyndsay
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this one
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating insight into the prison system from a doctors POV. Read in almost one sitting, a very thought provoking, disturbing and heartwarming account. Definitely recommend to readers with an interest in the British prison service. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Lynda Meyers
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made interesting reading. Was an eye opener in parts. I hope that some of the stories did turn out as successes as Dr Brown hoped. She sounds like a really caring and kind approachable person. They'r lucky to have her. ...more
Natalie Liddle
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, interesting and thought provoking. It really opened my eyes and made me think differently about offenders, prisons, drugs and mental health.
I’m really glad Dr Brown wrote this book and showing the human side to us. Lots of admiration for what she does which must be very difficult. Left me feeling inspired and hopeful which was definitely not what I expected
Nicole
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an unexpected favourite. I went in thinking I would enjoy it but not that i would absolutely love it.

This is a memoir about Dr Amanda Brown's experiences as she went from a GP to working in young person, Male and female prisons.

I found this book so fascinating and interesting. We all know that doctors in prisons are thing but we don't ever give them a second thought, like we do GPs and A&E staff.

This book really moved me to. The experiences of the prisons, particularly in the wome
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