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!
- “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
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!