This book is lots of things: honest, funny, and ultimately heart breaking. I don’t remember how I came across it, but its a good read for when travelling as the diary format means you can put it down whenever you need to do something else.
I’m left wondering how the Australian medical system compares to the NHS — I know we have more patient choice and flexibility — but I wonder what its like for those working within the system.
Either way I definitely recommend this book.
Biography & Autobiography
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.
2 thoughts on “This is going to hurt”
I loved this book too, but WHATEVER YOU DO don’t watch the TV show. I barely made it through the first episode and watched no more. Way, WAY too grim.
Yeah, I can see how that would happpen — the book is definitely gallows humour. He’s written a few mores books now, I guess I should check those out as well.