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Verk av Adam Kay

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“This book contains pregnancy loss, depictions of disordered eating behaviours, including methods, and details of sexual violence.” it also mentions cheating. Now, these aren't mentioned right away in the book, and I believe they should. Yes, you're reading a book written by a former doctor, but if you are sensitive to those sorts of things, then it's best to know before diving too deep into a book.

I believe the book is mostly a re-telling of the author's life that includes part before they became a doctor, training to be a doctor, working as a doctor, and as a former doctor. So, if you're looking for a book more about being in the hospital, then start with the author's first book.

As always with this author, read their annotations, as it makes the book better. Reading on an eReader can help with this. However, there are still many funny passages, “And finally my dream was fulfilled. Well, someone’s dream, but … whatever.”, or, “At the time, I felt like reminding them that I hadn’t actually been to medical school yet, so how about they let me in, and I’d get back to them in six years?”.

“so much human behaviour would seem like a very bad idea if boiled down to a list of pros and cons. Getting married, for example. Gym membership. The government. A quick drink after work. But despite what medicine may have taught me, not everything can come down to a logical list of benefits and risks. It’s all outweighed by a strange intangible – call it love if you want, call it your brainstem, call it a primal urge – but it’s big, and it’s unknowable, and it’s real.”

I do like how the author ends the book, “The best you can hope for in life is that you leave behind a legacy that makes this world a better place for someone, somewhere, in whatever small way you can.”
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Authentico | 1 annan recension | May 26, 2024 |
Heartfelt and hilarious. It manages to avoid the melodramatic rhetoric trap, so, when the blow arrives, you don't see it coming until it's too late, although the author kept telling you all along that he left the medical profession, and although it doesn't take long to understand that he didn't give in for lack of motivation or skills. Ninety per cent of the time, though, I was laughing my belly off: comes out that all you guess may be going on in your very professional and empathetic doctor's head while they talk to you in a soothing voice, well, it IS all going on.
Also, this memoir is an indictment of the vicious attacks carried by various British cabinet members against the HSE as free, effective health system. USA readers (and Irish, too, and all the British readers who may happen to be following the neo-liberal mad pipers) are invited to read and reflect.
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Elanna76 | 67 andra recensioner | May 2, 2024 |
Remarkably funny and yet heartbreaking at the same time. Should probably be required reading for all pre med students
corliss12000 | 67 andra recensioner | Mar 16, 2024 |
Amusing, harrowing, haunting are words that can be used to describe the short extracts of the diary notes of Kay, as he works his way from HO to Senior Registrar within Obs&Gynae, often rushing from one patient to another with scarcely time to give them the necessary stitches. Finally, full of disillusionment and nearing breakdown, he leaves the profession, a sad loss to his possible future patients and the NHS.
Should be required reading for all politicians and NHS managers
Vorobyey | 67 andra recensioner | Feb 6, 2024 |



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