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This Is Going to Hurt
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor | Adam Kay
Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and Your Life In My Hands intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.
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Dragon
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Adam Kay ‘s memoir is full of humour and pathos. His struggle to provide skilled patient care under increasingly difficult conditions is a reminder of how brutal government mandates can be. A quick read full of vignettes written as diary entries. A definite pick especially for health care providers.

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Dragon
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Just started this ebook and it‘s hilarious and harrowing! Adam is a young doctor thrown into the murky waters of hospital medicine unprepared to face the reality of practice compared to the classroom. The things they don‘t tell you at university- been there 😂

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BookNAround
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I hit send on a big project and although I still have a lot more work to do, I‘m going to take a minute or two for myself and start this one.

LiteraryinLawrence Congrats on the project! 2mo
CBee I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
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Centique
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Ok this made me laugh so hard in places that I cried. And then in one place I just plain cried.
Basically it‘s a series of anecdotes and observations of daily life made by a junior doctor in the NHS who has a biting sense of humour. There are some hilarious patients and staff encounters. His chronicling of the overwork & bureaucracy is shocking but he also loves the job and believes in the necessity of a decent public health system. ⬇️

Centique TW for obstetric and gynaecology trauma. 2mo
BarbaraBB Now I want to read it too! 2mo
CarolynM I enjoyed this a lot too. I hope the TV adaptation does it justice. 2mo
Jeg We did it for book club a while ago. I loved it. Made me laugh a lot. 2mo
Rissreads Yes this was good funny and bad funny at the same time! 2mo
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rabbitprincess
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I laughed out loud and groaned in horror, sometimes both in the same story. And my heart broke for Adam when he left medicine. If you‘re interested in medical memoirs, this is one to pick up.

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ClairesReads
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Absolutely inhaled this very raw, honest, darkly funny memoir of life as a junior doctor in the NHS. It‘s no surprise that Kay wields laugh out loud humour effectively, but the true achievement here is the way it‘s woven into a vulnerable exploration of his own experiences as a junior doctor and a searing critique of systems and funding that endanger the wellbeing of doctors.

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kissmehardy
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Hoo boy. This book is really funny until it's very much not. I understand why he left the profession, but I'm glad he wrote this book and shone a light on what doctors go through! #nonfiction #americannhswhen

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rabbitprincess
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Just found out that This Is Going to Hurt is being adapted into a 7-part miniseries (with the author involved as writer and exec producer), and dreamboat Ben Whishaw is in it 😍😍 That said, I‘m squeamish about medical visuals so I might just stick to the book 😅

squirrelbrain Yeah, loved the book but I can‘t be dealing with bodily fluids visually (or listening to them either!) so don‘t think I‘ll watch this. 4mo
rabbitprincess @squirrelbrain I‘m glad you loved the book! 4mo
BiblioLitten Strangely I can watch anything but reading about surgery especially labour and delivery makes me feel faint. 2mo
rabbitprincess @BiblioLitten There were a few gross bits in this book, but what I took away from it most was the gruelling working conditions and how they burn people out. 2mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A funny interesting eye opening book, gave me many laughs and an insight more into the world of medicine and L & D. Read for #diversifyyourreadingchallenge2022 - January - Memoir #ReadYourBookshelfChallenge #PopSugarReadingChallenge2022 #52bookclubreadingchallenge2022 4/5

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Pia_hb
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Laughed so much reading this one but the end leaves a bitter aftertaste.

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Jovy
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Mehso-so

— Unpopular opinion — This started out genuinely funny, and while I can appreciate how it sheds light on what it‘s like to work for the NHS, Kay comes off as obnoxious and disrespectful of some of his colleagues. Maybe it‘s his coping mechanism but I just could not get past it.

Still, kudos to all the healthcare professionals for their hard work day in and day out.

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 260.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Rissreads
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This was an eye opener! It was equal parts shocking and hilarious!

PhyllisH I totally agree. I just finished listening to the Audible version.😁 8mo
CarolynM Loved it! 8mo
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CarolynM
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Totally hilarious and totally infuriating. It reminded me of my favourite TV show of the 90's Cardiac Arrest which was similarly blackly funny about the experiences of junior doctors in an NHS hospital while pointing out how they are appallingly exploited. There are laws recognising pilots and lorry drivers are dangerous if they're overworked but nothing for doctors. And then there's the administrative interference... #Booked2021 #COVIDHEROES

BarbaraTheBibliophage I definitely want to read this. And now I‘ll look for that show also. 🩺 9mo
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Yahui07
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Unpopular review******

This book did give me some laughs, but over all is an okay book to me probably except form the last two entries.

I think that I better manage my expectation of the high rating books.

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Beccacraft
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This was a funny and great read. I read it in one day - it is quick, witty, interesting, and eye-opening. Anyone in the medical field will especially love it, but I think it‘s a great read for anyone. It takes a look at some of the journal entries of a junior doctor in the UK working for the NHS. Highly recommend.

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jenniferw88
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4.75 ⭐

Very funny in places, but also accurate re comments on doctor's bedside manners.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

My pick for #covidheroes #booked2021 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 11mo
Cinfhen Great pick ♥️ 11mo
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Jeg
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Finished this morning in time for book club tomorrow. I had 1 laugh out loud moment and a few chuckles. I was a bit reluctant to read as I have health anxiety . Luckily he was working in obs and gynaecology and I am way way way past all that. 😏. Feels like our health system suffering similar to what he describes. Should be interesting discussion. This book picked by a nurse who works very hard .
#joysbooks2021
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MrsMalaprop
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Dr Adam Kay used his diaries as the basis for this book about the British NHS. I found it engrossing, revealing and entertaining, but I didn‘t appreciate some of his humour. Interesting that he‘s gone on to write successful comedy for tv.

Look forward to discussing it at book club later this month.

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MrsMalaprop
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Friday night done right. This book feels like a bit of a #guiltypleasure. It‘s my book club read for this month. #currentlyreading #friyay #cheers

CarolynM Nice🙂 12mo
Cathythoughts The wine will help ( will help the hurt I mean 🙃 12mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Just finished this hilarious book! It‘s kinda gross sometimes but my sense of humor is dark given my career field.
Book 22 in 2021

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charlotteamber
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This might be the quickest I‘ve ever flown through a book! Certainly not for anyone who is squeamish 💉. I found it a very entertaining, interesting and eye-opening read about the life of a junior doctor working in the NHS. Whilst it‘s very clear that (as we are already aware) the NHS is seriously underfunded, I tried to keep an open mind that this was just one person‘s account of their experience. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 103
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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yvo_about_books
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I literally flew through this medical memoir! SO good. 👌

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Simona
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A collection of anecdotes from the life of a young doctor who works in the hospital. Some stories are funny, some sad and tragic, but they all show sacrifices and humanity that are needed in this profession. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Booked2021 #Nonfiction2021 #DoctorsAndNurses #DoubleSpin

Cinfhen Great choice and wonderful review!!! #ChallengeSlayer ⚔️ 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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SanjanaGhosh
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I'm not a doctor but this is the general feeling I have most days nowadays!

Caroline2 Me too!! 1y
Bookwormjillk Same! 1y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😅 also same 1y
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Allylu
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This is my choice for the #BOOKED2021 prompt: #COVIDHEROES. As a fan of Grey‘s Anatomy and with much respect for doctors and nurses, especially right now, I liked it a lot. It was irreverent in places but definitely portrayed the long hours, weird injuries, and the relationship things a doctor misses because he/she cares about his/her patients. So, show them you care how they‘re doing. #BookSpinBingo #20in4 #BFC21 #JUMPSTART2021 #SHUTDOWNRound2

DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
Clwojick Awesome!! 1y
Cinfhen Great review 💚 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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lelangson
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A nice easy read so far. And learning a few things along the way as well! 😄

EarthwormJim58 That looks so cosy! 😍 1y
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Bookishgal71
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This book brought me to tears - at times I was laughing so hard I was crying and at times it was heartbreaking.Such is a career in medicine. Worth the read and also surprising how little doctors get paid in other countries.

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Monyca
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I loved this book. I laughed, I grieved. I regretted not following my pre-med dreams, I rejoiced in not following my pre-med dreams. I felt even more grateful to those doctors that sacrificed for my health and my family's health. CW: infertility, pregnancy loss, maternal death, and all of the complications that an ob-gyn has to work with.

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Monyca
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Still reading this, usually when I can't sleep at night. I have to try to keep my laughter quiet and not wake up my husband! 😂

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Monyca
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This book had me laughing from the very start.

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Ottergirl
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Late to the party with this book. Read it in an evening, couldn‘t put it down. Everyone should read it.

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tara.oloughlin
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It‘s been a while since I last logged a book, but I received some as gifts, and so it begins!
I really enjoyed this book. The humour was right up my street and was a joy to read.
However, it often made me feel sick, and has potentially put me off childbirth for life😂
In all seriousness, it really opened my eyes to the difficulties that doctors in all departments experience, and the flaws in the NHS
26/12/2020 - 29/12/2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟(4.5 stars)

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4thhouseontheleft
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My next group of recommendations for #winter #booked2021 is for #CovidHeroes! 👩🏻‍⚕️ 🩺

I focused more on nonfiction, but that doesn‘t mean you have to!

Two fiction rec‘s:
PP & Other Flavors - MC is a neurosurgeon
Queen of Hearts - I actually didn‘t like this book, but that seems to be an #unpopularopinion, so I stil included it!

Cinfhen I love your ideas.... i own this one and will hopefully read it/ it‘s NF too 1y
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Megabooks
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Adam‘s diary of his time as a trainee and junior doctor in the NHS is probably the most relatable book as far as the arc of my veterinary career. While there are some incredibly funny and touching moments, there are also those that absolutely gut you, and you‘re supposed to just come in the next day. I loved every bit of this great choice for #booked2021 #frontlineworkers. He captures all the highs and lows just spot on.

Cinfhen Thanks for highlighting a #Booked2021 prompt will also work for #Nonfiction2021 1y
Megabooks I‘ll tag @Riveted_Reader_Melissa too! 👍🏻 thanks @Cinfhen 1y
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KarenUK Loved this book.... 💕 1y
Megabooks @KarenUK it‘s so good! I‘m guessing you appreciate it even more as a Brit living in the US! 1y
Megabooks @arlenefinnigan I read that last Christmas! Really fun holiday book! 👍🏻🎄 1y
KarenUK @Megabooks Definitely! I read the US version with the additional introduction which was very poignant right now! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Cinfhen Yes, we both had frontline workers on our minds when we made our challenges for the year. 1y
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks Melissa! I‘ve added that to my TBR. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks You are welcome! I only came across it because of a great Litsy Postal Mark Up group. Yay for Litsy!! 1y
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa definitely yay from litsy!! 1y
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Gissy
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Book was part of HP Magical Readathon on April couldn‘t finished it. I didn‘t like author‘s anecdotes with pts. Maybe due for pandemic lockdown. Now I could. It is about his experiences as an intern, residential and then working in the field. He criticizes the British health system, the bureaucracy to receive services, how hard it is for them. Some anecdotes are funny. I don‘t know about certain comments😬explained why he abandoned the field. 4⭐️

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Amy_gla
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Brilliant, heartbreaking

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Bubblebelle
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The title says it better than I ever could.

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Clwojick
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Ever since I came across this photo, I‘ve been busy researching the best way to make sugar cookies. I‘ve decided this will be my plan for Tuesday. Audiobooks and baking!!!

Anyways, I finished 2 more books during my shift last night, including the tagged book (which was brilliant) and I‘m currently sitting at roughly 16 hours for #AwesomeAugust. I‘ll have to do my math better later, but I‘m too sleepy right now lol. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 🙌🙌🙌 2y
marleed Oh my gosh, I had to take a screenshot of your post. My daughters‘ twins are due on Halloween. This could be hilarious for a baby shower! 2y
jewright It‘a fun but so time consuming! 2y
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Bookworm54
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I am going to see Adam Kay live on Sunday, so figured I should give this a read before hand.

A great insight into the workings of the NHS and the demands placed on Junior Doctors. A mix of dark humour and sad entries. And yet, as it says, a love letter to the NHS despite its faults.

#NonFiction #Medicine

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Often darkly funny, yet profoundly sad and disheartening. Kay chronicles his years as a Junior Doctor in England‘s National Heath Service (NHS). I read this based on Ann Patchett‘s recent recommendation on Parnassus‘s IG, and it came along at just the right time for me. Some of these stories are, as they say, stranger than fiction. Kay is an expert storyteller and narrator. I couldn‘t stop listening!

MallenNC I read this last month and enjoyed it too. 2y
britt_brooke @MallenNC 💚 A fascinating read for sure. 2y
MallenNC Oh, and it is going to be a TV show. It‘s a BBC show but I think it will be on AMC over here. 2y
britt_brooke @MallenNC Oh! I didn‘t realize that. Thank you! 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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This is brilliant. Perfect if you're a bit of a medical geek and you have a dark sense of humour. A lot of hilarious stories but also a lot of incredibly sad ones, it really illustrates the impossible demands made on junior doctors.

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arlenefinnigan
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Crazeedi Pretty good 2y
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MallenNC
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The only thing I‘d heard about this book was that it was funny, which it certainly was in part, but it is also sad and stressful by proxy to read about his experiences as a junior doctor. There are differences in the NHS system in the UK vs the US medical system but I imagine there is overlap in the challenges. This is being made into a TV show starring Ben Whishaw and I can‘t wait to see it. This was a #BookSpinBingo for me.

CBee I loved this one!! Super stoked to hear it‘s being made into a TV show!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
MallenNC @CBee I‘m excited for the show! I saw that it was being made and that‘s what made go ahead and read this. 2y
CBee @MallenNC I liked the book so much I passed it along to a friend 😁 2y
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MallenNC @CBee I love doing that. Books are even better when you have a friend who you can talk to about them. 2y
CBee @MallenNC agreed 😁 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
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AutumnRLS
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This book is amazing. I'm only on page 26 and I've already yelled "Oh no!" and laughed out loud three separate times.

KarenUK Loved this one....💕 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Really good book in the form of short diary entries describing this junior doctor‘s hospital shifts. Adam vividly portrays the exhausting and mostly thankless job with humor and compassion. I found it really gripping and because each section was so short, I just kept thinking “one more entry”... “ok, this is the last one”... until I was finished! As a non-Brit, I found it fascinating to read about the NHS and his complex feelings towards it.

Megabooks Very good book! 2y
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