This Is Going to Hurt

This Is Going to Hurt

Secret Diaries of A Junior Doctor

eBook - 2017
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"As soon as Adam Kay set foot on a hospital ward for the first time, he realised there's quite a lot they don't teach you at medical school ... His diaries from the NHS front line - scribbled in secret after long nights, endless days and missed weekends - are hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns. This Is Going to Hurt is everything you wanted to know about being a junior doctor, and more than a few things you really didn't. And yes, it may leave a scar."--
Publisher: London : Picador, 2017.
ISBN: 9781509858644
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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RBVanDyke
Jan 17, 2019

I enjoyed reading this book. But others may not. The "trick" is whether one is interested in a discussion of practicing medicine in general, and practicing medicine within the context of England's National Health Service (NHS).

The author works insanely long hours for an insanely low salary when calculated on a per-hours-worked basis. When and where he finds rewards, they are non-remunerative in nature: He literally saves lives and makes on the spot decisions that produce better post-treatment quality of life for the tsunami of incoming patients he must treat as quickly as possible while being paid figurative peanuts.

The comparison with America's insanely dysfunctional health-care denial "industry" was in my mind as I read this book. Somewhere we all need to figure out how to provide health care to, yes, everyone, while ensuring that the highly trained deliverers of health care don't decide they can, literally, make more per hour working as parking lot attendants...

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maggiezad
Oct 17, 2018

So absolutely stupid it was unbelievable. If this is how today's physicians act, boy are we in trouble. Thank goodness this gentleman left the profession.

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booksgm
Oct 17, 2018

Brilliant ,loved this book .

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