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Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
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What I like about this is it's not written by an old pro giving you his views after 30 years, but by a young man who faced all the problems of a modern NHS. Great fun, and a damn good read. -- Jeffrey Archer * Daily Mail * Hilariously gruesome anecdotes from a comedian and former junior doctor about working 97-hour weeks and life on the NHS frontline. * The Times, The 100 best books to read this summer * We know that junior doctors have it rough. But it takes Kay's account of his 97-hour-week struggle to see just how rough. There are many hilariously gruesome anecdotes in this book. Some, such as the time "an extremely posh" patient arrives in the antenatal clinic, are just hilarious: "Her extremely posh eight-year-old asks her a question about the economy (!), and before she answers, she asks her extremely posh five-year-old, `Do you know what the economy is, darling?' `Yes, Mummy. It's the part of the plane that's terrible.' " -- Matt Rudd * The Times * Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor is a mirthful account of horrendous everyday events in an English hospital's `brats and twats' (obstetrics and gynaecology) department, but also, with its `Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Health', a poignant condemnation of the political exploitation of junior doctors. -- Graham Robb * Spectator * And This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is not just laugh-out-loud funny, but precise, upsetting, and utterly sobering for anyone at all connected with the NHS. -- Jenny Colgan * Spectator * This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay is so clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian * Uniquely funny and unexpectedly heartbreaking -- Adam Hills Kay intersperses horror stories from the NHS front line with blissfully brilliant wordplay * Daily Mail * Brutally funny . . . jaw-dropping * New Statesman * At once hilarious and shocking, moving and irreverent, This Is Going to Hurt is a book that demands to be read. Adam Kay's deft comic tone is a brilliant counterpoint to his most serious of intents: to impress upon us the importance of the NHS in our lives and the irreversible damage being inflicted upon it by indifferent governments. -- Maggie O'Farrell All of human life is contained in these diaries . . . hilarious, horrifying * Prima * Brilliant -- Mark Haddon, author of <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i> This is a brilliant book -- Russell Howard Laugh-out-loud funny . . . I found myself laughing in horror over and over, but Kay's poignant final act brought me to tears. This is a valuable window into the life of a junior doctor that should be required reading for all -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist * Hilarious . . . a complete eye-opener * Red * A heartening, laugh-out-loud confessional on the indignities and quiet joys of being a junior doctor . . . Anchoring the wisecracks is Kay's heartfelt respect for Britain's junior doctors and the ignoble realities of a noble profession. At a time of anxiety over the future of the NHS, Kay's warts-and-all account will not only bring plenty of laughs but also delivers a moving report from the NHS's embattled frontline' * Financial Times * Funny, tragic, uplifting and brimming with bodily fluids (sorry) . . . Kay makes for a compelling bedfellow as he explores the terrifying world of the amazing men and women (just about) holding the NHS together -- Francesca Brown * Stylist * Stayed up half the night laughing out loud over painfully smart, honest doctor diaries -- Emma Donoghue, author of <i>Room</i> Things I have done while reading this book: laughed aloud (too many times to count), read a passage to a stranger on a train (this was perhaps inadvisable but could not be helped), been consistently bowled over by the detail of Dr Kay's sharp prose & remarkably observant journey in a job so m
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Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer for TV and film. He previously worked as a junior doctor, although you've probably worked that bit out already. He lives in west London.
Introduction - i: Introduction Chapter - 1: House Officer Chapter - 2: Senior House Officer Post 1 Chapter - 3: Senior House Officer Post 2 Chapter - 4: Senior House Officer Post 3 Chapter - 5: Registrar Post 1 Chapter - 6: Registrar Post 2 Chapter - 7: Registrar Post 3 Chapter - 8: Registrar Post 4 Chapter - 9: Senior Registrar Chapter - 10: Aftermath Section - ii: An Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Health Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements