Author: Adam Kay
In this delightful tale about the life of a NHS doctor, Adam Kay regales us with snippets from his time as a doctor in the British NHS (National Health Service).
Underpaid and overworked, he finds humour in every day interactions with patients, colleagues and friends, and also touches upon some serious subjects that health workers have to grapple with everyday when working for the NHS.
He started his journal when he commenced his medical training, and was advised to write down his experiences. The book begins with him pulling on the white coat as a House Officer, slowly progressing through the ranks to become a Senior Registrar, and finally hanging up his white coat forever.
Some of you may be thinking – What?!! He was a doctor! How could he leave a prestigious profession like that?? Well, read the book to find out 🙂
During the course of his time as a doctor, he decides to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynae, with several funny incidents. There are also ample footnotes for nearly every medical term in the book, so a reader doesn’t get lost in the medical jargon. Adam also explains how doctors talk in front of patients when they don’t want the patient to understand what they are saying – I bet you will be making up a few of your own after reading that part 😄!!
The book is absolutely hilarious with laugh-out-loud comic moments, and poignant ones. A must read by anyone who likes autobiographies, medicine, or just likes to laugh. I sat up late into the night reading this fantastic book, and now have my sights set on his next book – Twas the Nightshift before Christmas.