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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident Bestselling Author Adam Kay Tells Us The Hilarious And Sometimes Horrifying Truth About Life And Work In A HospitalWelcome To Hour Weeks Welcome To Life And Death Decisions Welcome To A Constant Tsunami Of Bodily Fluids Welcome To Earning Less Than The Hospital Parking Meter Wave Goodbye To Your Friends And Relationships Welcome To The Life Of A First Year DoctorScribbled In Secret After Endless Days, Sleepless Nights And Missed Weekends, Comedian And Former Medical Resident Adam Kay S This Is Going To Hurt Provides A No Holds Barred Account Of His Time On The Front Lines Of MedicineHilarious, Horrifying And Heartbreaking By Turns, This Is Everything You Wanted To Know And Than A Few Things You Didn T About Life On And Off The Hospital Ward And Yes, It May Leave A Scar

10 thoughts on “This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident

  1. says:

    So I told them the truth the hours are terrible, the pay is terrible, the conditions are terrible you re underappreciated, unsupported, disrespected and frequently physically endangered But there s no better job in the worldI devoured this book in a single sitting It is rare to find a book that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure especially, I think, a nonfiction book but this one managed it just fine.It s very British, with references to British TV shows I m pretty sure tSo I told them the truth the hours are terrible, the pay is terrible, the conditions are terrible you re underappreciated, unsupported, disrespected and frequently physically endangered But there s no better job in the worldI devoured this book in a single sitting It is rare to find a book that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure especially, I think, a nonfiction book but this one managed it just fine.It s very British, with references to British TV shows I m pretty sure the rest of the world has never heard of, so bear that in mind if you are a non Brit thinking of reading this But it is essentially a publication of the diaries Adam Kay kept while he was a junior doctor working for the NHS It is a funny, moving portrait of a service that underpays, undervalues, and overworks its doctors, and yet, despite all of this, it is a love letter to universal healthcare.Kay shares his experiences training as an obstetrician gynecologist, from the gory stories that made me cringe, to the devastating loss of patients, to the destruction of his personal relationships due to the long hours and last minute demands It sounds like a nightmare, but he keeps a good humour throughout Some parts of it are genuinely very funny Some parts are genuinely revolting.It exposes a lot that is wrong with the NHS, but never loses sight of how truly important it is It wasn t until I came to live in California that I really understood how fortunate we were I had lived in a bubble where healthcare was taken for granted as a human right and no one was ever told they couldn t be made better because they were too poor The realization that some countries allowed people to die preventable deaths shook me to my core It still does.It bothers Adam Kay, too He finishes his hilarious and touching tales with a direct plea to the government and to us to take the NHS and its doctors seriously To respect it and them To not take the work done for granted Such a powerful and important read wrapped up in a highly entertaining package.Facebook Instagram

  2. says:

    I finished the book It was a mostly irreverent look at the early years of being a junior doctor, then an obstetrician, until something catastrophic happens to a patient and the author turned from medicine to writing comedy It was an excellent read, one good anecdote after another and rather than a review I d like to summarise two One concerns herbal medicine and the other the very serious topic of spousal abuse and how the hospital dealt with it in pregnant women.1 Herbal A woman had come to I finished the book It was a mostly irreverent look at the early years of being a junior doctor, then an obstetrician, until something catastrophic happens to a patient and the author turned from medicine to writing comedy It was an excellent read, one good anecdote after another and rather than a review I d like to summarise two One concerns herbal medicine and the other the very serious topic of spousal abuse and how the hospital dealt with it in pregnant women.1 Herbal A woman had come to the hospital with a bleeding from her vagina problem When the doctor told her it was the result of the Chinese herb she had been dosing herself with she said, I thought it was just herbal how can it be that bad for you The doctor said that apricot stones had cyanide in, the death cap mushroom is often fatal, Nature does not equal safe and that there was a plant in his garden where if you simply sat under it for ten minutes you d be dead.Later the author asked the doctor what plant that was He replied, Water lily Ah so2 Abuse The hospital had a system to help women admit to abuse, which was difficult as their partners often accompanied them to ante natal visits In the toilets they had a sign saying if you want to discuss any concerns about violence at home, put a red sticker on the front of your notes, and there were sheets of red dot stickers in every cubicle.So the doctor saw a woman with a few red stickers on the front of her notes It was very difficult to get the husband to leave the room He tried, the midwife tried, the consultant tried and eventually they got her alone The woman just clammed up, scared and confused and would admit to nothing Eventually they established that the red dots were artistic decoration by her two year old child when they went to the toilet together.I think Ockham s Razor applies here 5 stars for being a great read and exposing the very emotional side of being a doctor and not just the practice of medicine._____________________________________________More anecdotes from when I was reading the book.This is so funny This 20 year old student goes to the doctor to request an abortion following condom failure Turns out that she and her boyfriend didn t have much money so they turned the just used condom inside out for round two _______I knew I was going to read this book when I read, A NOTE REGARDING FOOTNOTESRead the fucking footnotes Laughed out loud.And then one of the first sentences, I grew up in a Jewish family although they were mostly in it for the food it s really got to be a good book with such louche writing

  3. says:

    4.5 stars I have a newfound respect for doctors and my mom, who is a nurse I remember when I was a teenager, I would call her at her work to ask if she could get so and so from the store and sometimes she would respond with, I can t today, love, I m too tired I can barely keep my eyes open I ll go tomorrow I would be so annoyed when she would say that, not understanding the kind of pressure she was under at work and just being a selfish brat I m so sorry, mom

  4. says:

    SUCH an important book Anyone who does not work in the NHS should be obliged to read this.

  5. says:

    A genuinely funny collection of stories from a former doctor some so horrifying, surprising, or amusing that I had those hard to breathe while laughing moments, immediately making Audible clips and sending them to all my friends It s not for the squeamish, be prepared for lots of blood, births, bad language, and assorted implements stuck in places they really shouldn t be Rarely have I been so impressed if that s the right word by the willingness of individuals to achieve a memorable sex A genuinely funny collection of stories from a former doctor some so horrifying, surprising, or amusing that I had those hard to breathe while laughing moments, immediately making Audible clips and sending them to all my friends It s not for the squeamish, be prepared for lots of blood, births, bad language, and assorted implements stuck in places they really shouldn t be Rarely have I been so impressed if that s the right word by the willingness of individuals to achieve a memorable sex life by inserting objects into orifices and then having to go to AE to have them removed There are, of course, also very sad stories, including the one that led the author to decide he had to leave It would have been wrong to focus solely on the laughs, denying the inevitable traumas, near misses, and deaths, some of which may have been prevented by having a properly run, well staffed, less overworked team of doctors If nothing else, you leave the book with the understanding that the NHS is barely getting by This is the very reason Kay wrote the book, as rebuttal of the politicians portrayal of junior doctors as money grabbing and lazy, but only in the final section does he address this directly Instead, he shows you a doctor and other staff worked to the very edge of their ability to cope It s eye opening and I left it feeling evengrateful for this amazing resource we have One we need to protect In mixing comedy and reality, Kay has found an effective way to show us some truths while making us laugh so hard we have to hold back tears It s the best kind of learning

  6. says:

    This book had me laughing hysterically one minute and desperately trying not to cry the next It was heart warming, hilarious and devastating all at once.Easy 5 s

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    I so needed this book Of course in the states we don t have National Health, but many of the snippets of humor are universal Irreverent humor, spread around If you are easily offended this book is probably not one you want to read The many things people can put in their bodies, unreal Some of the stories are cringe worthy, some unbelievable, but things these young doctors encounter.The ending though was serious and includes a letter to the National Health service, explaining the many change I so needed this book Of course in the states we don t have National Health, but many of the snippets of humor are universal Irreverent humor, spread around If you are easily offended this book is probably not one you want to read The many things people can put in their bodies, unreal Some of the stories are cringe worthy, some unbelievable, but things these young doctors encounter.The ending though was serious and includes a letter to the National Health service, explaining the many changes that need to be enacted to keep doctors from making mistakes Too long hours, burnout, trying to do too much with too little So, the tone does change, but up to them it is narrates by the author himself in a modular tone I enjoyed this and agree with the changes he would like to see These changes would benefit all doctors, no matter where they practice

  8. says:

    4 Today crossed the line from everyday patient idiocy to me checking around the room for hidden cameras After a lengthy discussion with a patient s husband about how absolutely no condoms fit him, I establish he s pulling them right down over his balls. Extremely witty and funny I fully appreciated the use of Harry Potter aliases.This gives a realistic picture of what it is like to work for the NHS as a junior doctor and jut trying to make your way up the ranks It is a sad state the way t 4 Today crossed the line from everyday patient idiocy to me checking around the room for hidden cameras After a lengthy discussion with a patient s husband about how absolutely no condoms fit him, I establish he s pulling them right down over his balls. Extremely witty and funny I fully appreciated the use of Harry Potter aliases.This gives a realistic picture of what it is like to work for the NHS as a junior doctor and jut trying to make your way up the ranks It is a sad state the way these doctors and nurses are treated by those who employ them, and of course how they are treated by politicians no breaks, back to back shifts, being under immense pressure, not going home, not getting a proper salary etc The reality of their job is painful as well as the consequences of their job examples no social life, difficulty maintaining relationships, increased mental health issues among hospital staff.Adam Kay worked in the obs and gyn department so had many a funny story to tell, but also had the sadder stories to tell as well While he is no longer a doctor due to a case he had that completely changed the person he was, he has also found that those still in the profession were also desperately wanting to get out of it at times due to the treatment they receive While many stay in the profession to reach the level of consultant and enjoy the helping of others, the continuous cuts to NHS services and the treatment of those who maintain this service is completely unfair It is another call to rally that the doctors in the NHS are under funded, under immense pressure, suffer from unfair treatment see above with regards to salary, rest, etc which leads to mishaps when dealing with patients this can lead to many mistakes and negligence and suing when dealing with patients and severe mental health problems Adam Kay also reveals the immense stress he was under and how this causes him to have a really high increase in heart pressure when working The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2009, showed that young female doctors in the UK are two and a half timeslikely than other women to kill themselves.

  9. says:

    I loved this In part funny and heartwarming, yet also utterly heartbreaking and disillusioned I think this strikes a particular cord with me at the moment as the author was an obs gynae doctor, and I ve recently spent time myself as an inpatient on such a ward This is the first book in a while where I ve read passages out to my husband while laughing out loud one minute and then had to hold back tears the next It s a full on rollercoaster of emotions that also seems to very accurately desc I loved this In part funny and heartwarming, yet also utterly heartbreaking and disillusioned I think this strikes a particular cord with me at the moment as the author was an obs gynae doctor, and I ve recently spent time myself as an inpatient on such a ward This is the first book in a while where I ve read passages out to my husband while laughing out loud one minute and then had to hold back tears the next It s a full on rollercoaster of emotions that also seems to very accurately describe what it s like to work as front line staff for the NHS I should know, I do it everyday too, and we all have our stories to tell that encompass the best and worst of British medical care It s one of my favourite things about the job, hearing stories from everyone about that time a patient shoved a remote control up their rectum or remember that night shift a woman faked passing out I think it s what binds and bonds you all together The camaraderie Told with a liberal dose sarcasm and self deprecating humour, the author manages to walk that tightrope between friend, colleague and reliable narrator to a finely tuned T My admiration for other healthcare professionals is limitless, and will continue to be so It s really the awful and gut wrenching stories interspersed throughout especially the last chapters that make you realise how much pressure and guilt our doctors are under And for little pay might I add Day after day, night after night they fight to provide the best level of care they can without succumbing to sleep deprivation, depression or worse There s a lot of emotion here, a lot of anger and sadness that s so hard to see, yet is oh so common in the increasingly frequent demoralised NHS worker.It s a very bittersweet read, that I devoured in one day, and I m sorry it s over It s one of the best memoirs of this kind I ve read in a long time and I loved following Adam Kay on his journey through life as a junior doctor

  10. says:

    A series of supposably funny anecdotes that feltlike a podcast than a novel 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 This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis This is one of those books that I keep getting asked about Did you read This Is Going to Hurt Secret Diaries of a Junior Do A series of supposably funny anecdotes that feltlike a podcast than a novel 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 This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis This is one of those books that I keep getting asked about Did you read This Is Going to Hurt Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor and when I answer NO I am told I have missed out the most amazing book and you have to read This Is Going to Hurt Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor and now I can confirm I have read it and YES It did hurt I really didnt like the book, it felt contrived and cynical and to be honest full of moaning I listened to this one on audio and the book was narrated by the author He spoke quite fast and I I didn t enjoy the experience.I read 30% and felt that was pretty much as much as I could take While I didn t enjoy it, it has rave reviews and this review is just my reaction to the book

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