Book Reviews

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Adam Kay

About the Book

The passages I’ve picked out below don’t really do this one justice.

This is Going to Hurt is a glimpse into the life of an NHS doctor like no other. Warts an’ all.

Through Adam’s reflective diaries, he shows the ins and outs of what it takes to progress from a junior doctor straight out of grad school to a fully-fledged consultant, stitching it together with hard-hitting personal hardships and deep political issues.

Full of trials and tribulations, Adam’s punchy one-liners, hilarious stories and, at times, moments of genuine poignancy, help him deliver an absolute masterpiece.

Do yourself a favour and give it a whirl!

 

Favourite Passages

  • “Then you spend the rest of your working day (plus generally a further unpaid 4 hours) completing these dozen, sometimes hundreds of tasks – filling in forms, making phone calls. Essentially, you’re a glorified PA. Not really what I’d trained so hard for, but whatever.” Chapter 1: House Officer

 

  • “Not since the day I qualified had I felt so optimistic – I was practically shitting confetti. I was suddenly halfway to becoming a consultant, enjoying the Wednesday afternoon of my metaphorical week.” Chapter 5: Registrar – Post One

 

  • “Actually, that’s probably the wrong way of looking at it. You don’t cure depression, the same way you don’t cure asthma; you manage it. I’m the inhaler he’s decided to go with and I should be pleased he’s gone this long without an attack.” Chapter 6: Registrar – Post Two

 

Star Rating:

4.5/5

As far as non-fiction books go in the clinical space, this is by FAR the best I’ve read. There were so many times when I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, and the heart-breaking sting in the tail made me choke a little.

Mr Kay – I salute you!

7 thoughts on “This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

  1. “Actually, that’s probably the wrong way of looking at it. You don’t cure depression, the same way you don’t cure asthma; you manage it. I’m the inhaler he’s decided to go with and I should be pleased he’s gone this long without an attack.” Chapter 6: Registrar – Post Two – Yes, his relationship with Simon was very special. This book was so important in bringing to light the struggles doctors face. I have a review of it too on my blog if you’re interested.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ferdous! You’re absolutely right and those struggles are beginning to see the day of light through the great work from the likes of Adam 👌 I’ll be sure to check out your review soon! ☺️

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