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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor - The Sunday Times Bestseller Paperback – September 7, 2017
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Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors. -- Jo Brand Unputdownable. You must read this book if you like reading, like laughing or love our NHS. It's a spit-your-tea-out-laughing clarion call to stand up for our junior doctors with all our might -- Shappi Khorsandi This should be required reading for anyone who works in, uses or even voices an opinion about the NHS. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll laugh some more, you'll think twice about ever reproducing -- Dean Burnett, author of The Idiot Brain I'm not a Doctor (despite what I sometimes say) but I'd prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it's like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It's wonderful -- Jonathan Ross By turns hilarious, shocking, heartbreaking and humbling -- John Niven What an amazing book. I laughed so hard and often I nearly choked, but it's also very moving and important. Everyone should read it. -- Cathy Rentzenbrink A scurrilously funny, poignant and fascinatingly horrific tale of being torn to pieces and spat out by the strangely loveable but graceless monster that is the NHS * Milton Jones * What a hilarious, stomach-churning, thought-provoking heartbreaker of a book. I loved every single page -- Jill Mansell Hilarious from the first page - very, very funny. I loved it -- Kit Wharton, author of Emergency Admissions This made me laugh out loud and cry in equal measures. Adam's book weaves in and out of his patients' lives and in so doing he tells, in a better narrative than I have ever seen before, of the pain and joy of working so close to despair, disease and death. It's a quite brilliant book and will soothe the sorrows of many junior (and senior) doctors and remind us all why we entered this wonderful profession. A must read for patients too - lifting the bonnet on the working life of your jobbing hospital doctor -- Prof Clare Gerada MBE, past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners If we lose the NHS, Adam Kay's diary of his him as a junior doctor will become a historical record of a unique, empathy-powered machine, and make it not just one of the funniest books I've ever read, but one of the saddest, too -- David Whitehouse
About the Author
Adam Kay is a writer and script editor for TV and film. During his transition from doctor to writer he established himself as a musical comedian as frontman of Amateur Transplants, achieving great success and over 20 million YouTube hits. He lives in London.
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Who? I dont' think I know the author? Really? OK then...
Like with many great books, there's comedy (lots) as well as tragedy. The book starts off with a diary of short, dry, if rather hilarious, descriptions of the situations a junior NHS doctor -the author in a previous life- finds himself in. I read the first half gasping for breath, laughing way too hard, wanting to instantly tell the jokes to my wife, but suspected she might frown at being nudged at 4:00 AM to hear a placenta joke.
But from behind the sarcasm I started to see the dedication and care - despite the sometimes bone-dry insanely funny descriptions of mishaps and human silliness. The hilarious bits are still there, yet there's another narrative coming to the front, with first hinted at, and then more open, drama. It's weird to almost feel guilty about laughing so hard when you fully start to grasp the background and even, yes, message. An ending that, if you have a heart, will make sure it will be ripped right out - which is pretty much in sync with the rest of the stories where things get ripped, gently or less so, from human bodies.
No spoilers, but maybe, what hurts most, is realizing the author no longer practices medicine today, and that this, despite the seemingly cynical descriptions of bodily functions-and-parts going pear shaped (baby heads, often...), is probably a damn shame. Then again, this book wouldn't exist if that was the case.
I finished this book at 5:30 AM the next day, surprised that it made me emotional the way it did. ("Woke", I think the more youthful reader might call it.) Anyway, unless you are planning to have a baby in the next year or so (and even then... there's quite a bit of useful information, but it might slightly put you off) you have to read this for yourself. You may need stitches though!