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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident Hardcover – December 1, 2019

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"Darkly funny... heartbreaking."―The New Yorker

"Hilarious and heartbreaking...I howled, yelped, and occasionally choked with laughter...This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way."―Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times (London)

"This book is heartbreaking, hilarious and truly important. I believe in its humanity, its spirit and its conscience. The best doctor's visit you will ever have."―Rose McGowan, actress, activist, and New York Times bestselling author of Brave

"Brilliant. Five stars. Amazing."―Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble, and entirely lovable."―Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, and author of Mythos

"Bloody funny."
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About the Author

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. He previously worked for many years as a junior doctor. His first book, This is Going to Hurt was an instant Sunday Times #1 bestseller and has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. It has been translated into 33 languages and was Book of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. It will be a major new comedy-drama for the BBC. He lives in London.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Spark; 1st edition (December 1, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316426725
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316426725
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, hilarious, heartbreaking reflection on the current state of medicine
By Lora Shahine, MD on October 19, 2019
‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries if a Junior Doctor” by Adam Kay is a tough but important read. The author starts off “After 6 years of training and a further 6 years on the wards, I resigned my job as a junior doctor. My parents still haven’t forgiven me" and finishes with “Why should anyone train to be a doctor anymore?” In between he recounts story after story of life as a medical student and trainee in obstetrics and gynecology in the UK around 2010. Between f-bombs, several stories about objects in body cavities and scrubs soaked in bodily fluids, the author weaves in his reflections on the medical profession now and where it’s going. The first 30ish pages are not engaging and I couldn’t identify with the author’s perspective but stick with the book because it comes through slowly in little hints. I finished the book thinking through the choices I’ve personally made and how tough it must have been for someone to walk away from the field he’s trained in for so long. It’s painful to be on the other side of medical training, very happy with my current career, colleagues, and choices, but remember just how hard it was to get here. The author pleas for hospitals and administration to care for the emotional wellness of physicians and all medical providers. Doctors are supposed to be superheroes and get to work no matter what but we are human too. We all need to ‘Chip away at the ingrained notion that doctors and nurses don’t need to, or shouldn’t, talk about (bad outcomes, mistakes, abuse from patients, insert more here) because that same ingrained notion is partly responsible for the huge rise in people leaving the profession, the rise in stress-related absence, illness, and…suicide. We all need someone to talk to..Care for the Carer." Excellent read. @drlorashahine
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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional trup
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