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Where Does It Hurt?: What the Junior Doctor Did Next

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The Junior Doctor is back! He's into his 2nd year of medicine, but this time Max is out of the wards and onto the streets, working for the Phoenix Outreach Project. Fuelled by tea and more enthusiasm than experience, he attempts to locate and treat a wide and colourful range of patients that somehow his first year on the wards didn't prepare him for ...from Molly the 80-ye ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2009)
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May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Written by Dr Max Pemberton, this is an account of a year spent working as a doctor doing outreach work in the city. He was based in a medical centre, but also did a lot of work on the streets, looking after drug addicts, homeless people and people with mental health problems.

Dr. P is a kind, self-deprecating man, with a great sense of humour. His concern for his patients is impressive, although he is often ambivalent about them too, well at least the drug addicts.
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like medical stories
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: loved his first book
Max Pemberton is a talented writer and a very good doctor from what I read. Here in his second book (his third has just been released in the UK), he leaves the hospital where he did his initial training to work on the streets, looking after the homeless, mentally ill and substance dependent. While this doesn’t provide as much of an opportunity for humour as the initial book, there are still some very funny moments (bin diving for designer shirts) as well as some very poignant and sad ones. It’s ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really do enjoy books like these. This book covered the author's time working for an outreach project that works with the homeless and drug addicts. It was fascinating reading about how the less fortunate and drug addicts are treated in the UK, vs in the US. I know for one there are a LOT less public agencies for the homeless in the US, and far less support for those addicted to drugs (see: the US prison system).

I demand more books from this author.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book, can not recommend enough. There are plenty of high's, low's and just plain crazy - which I guess is to be expected when you work in an environment surrounded by 'substance mis-use' . Brilliant writer, easy to read, read it in one day.
Amusing book, that when reading, may make you reassess your views on who drug addicts are and what they look like.

Sad in one respect, but do love the story of Patrick, so very inspiring, and makes you be glad that all faith in human kind should not be lost.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent personal account of life as an FY2 working for an outreach project.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall: 4/5
Book warnings: Some bad language, heavy topics (drugs, ethics) but well handled

Very informative, plus a very readable style.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
sequels aren't always bad; liked the first book so much I needed to read more about Max and his adventures in medicine.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant insight into homelessness and drug addiction
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Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The junior doctor moves away from hospital and into a community-based drug unit - fascinating, and another great read.
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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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