This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

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. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacr Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his...

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Chloe Edges You can't. The author is not writing for the good of his health. Try amazon or audible.
Muna Ibrahim I recommend that you buy it or borrow it from the library and then pick a nice, comfortable spot and just start reading, don't stop. Don't stop until…moreI recommend that you buy it or borrow it from the library and then pick a nice, comfortable spot and just start reading, don't stop. Don't stop until you've read a couple of pages. Then when you're at the end of an entry that captures your attention, stop. Stop in order to think and reflect on what you would do differently if you were in Adam's shoes? How would you react to certain patients? How would you handle certain situations? This is how I went about reading it. I also found that the best time to read it was when I wasn't massively busy with anything. That way, I was able to concentrate and enjoy the book more than I thought I would. Maybe you could try it and see if this method works for you too :) (less)

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  • Petra Eggs
    Oct 18, 2017
    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...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Oct 28, 2017
    This is Going to Hurt is one of my favourite books of the year. If you're all over book industry news, you'll know that it just won the Non-Fiction Award and Readers Choice Award in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, and I'm sure they are the first of many accolades! I know that I've...
  • Joey Woolfardis
    Oct 07, 2018
    The first time in many years that I have stayed up late at night, curled up in bed, and read from start to finish an entire book. From 8pm until a couple minutes after 1 o'clock the next morning, I devoured this book. It is beautiful, wonderful, poignant, hilarious, heart-wrenchi...
  • Ray
    Aug 26, 2018
    An excellent book which portrays the life of a junior doctor with honesty and humour. There were numerous laugh out loud moments which I suspect may have disturbed the people around me in the airport. Many of these involved "introduced objects" which sadly shows you my level. And there...
  • Liz Janet
    Oct 26, 2017
    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: For years I have been watching news comedy shows from the U.K., mostly Mock the Week and Russell Howard?s Good News, and in every series the panel has to dispel the opinions of so...
  • Pip
    Oct 08, 2018
    I totally read this in one sitting. This is a mixture of a testament to how brilliant and immensely readable this book was, mixed with me being smug and braggy. A hilarious, honest, heartbreaking and incredibly quick read. I can understand why this book has done so well. Glorious! ...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 23, 2018
    Kay practiced medicine for six years before leaving to write comedy for TV. These occasional diary entries spanning 2004 to 2010 are very funny indeed. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology (?brats and twats?), and some of the humor is rather puerile but stays just the right ...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Apr 10, 2018
    I am going to be in so much trouble when my sister finds out I gave this book to my niece as this is probably not a very appropriate book for a 17-year-old. But she is determined to become a doctor and she needs to know it?s not just about rockstar surgeries and making buckets of mon...
  • Leo Robertson
    Jan 01, 2018
    Excellent! Breezed through this one. The sense of humour worked well, balanced with the horrors of Kay's job. An Xmas present from my sis. She said, "You won't regret quitting medicine after reading this." She knows I don't, really, though reading this I wondered if I would. ...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Jan 10, 2018
    Not being in the UK, I can?t pass comment on the NHS or any of that, but I had seen plenty of chat about Adam?s book so I loaned it from the library to see what it was like. I am a fan of medical memoirs, so it was right up my street. Adam writes with wit and humour, and even in...
  • Julie
    Dec 02, 2017
    This is the second book I read this year that I wish I had written (and, had I kept a diary, I probably could have - except the horrific penis-related injury I treated was not a de-gloving, but a fracture). I'm a *junior* doctor, and his stories of life, death and everything in betw...
  • Lola
    Jan 11, 2019
    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 ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 22, 2018
    Should be required reading for politicians everywhere, this is a brutally honest and realistic but absolutely hilarious memoir, where you will laugh and cry and wish that this dedicated, genuinely caring guy was still practicing medicine. Incredible. ...
  • Anni
    May 15, 2018
    The Best Medicine Well, you may not die laughing, but I was certainly in stitches and convulsed with hysterics, not to mention emotionally distraught, reading this diary of a junior doctor?s training in the NHS. Apart from the side-splitting humour, it is an excoriating account of...
  • Kaitlin
    Mar 09, 2018
    This is a non-fiction read all about the NHS and the way that the system works. It's told in a diary format from the years when Adam Kay was a junior doctor and was part of the system. We see how the NHS has been struggling as time goes on to keep up the standards and staff levels, and...
  • Mubeen Irfan
    Sep 02, 2017
    Have you ever read a book where you are laughing out loud every single page with a big smile on your face throughout and then choke up on the ending page? I do not know of any book where I have dropped so far down in so little time. Maybe a few Breaking Bad episodes but no book that I ...
  • Ruby Granger
    Jan 13, 2019
    SUCH an important book. Anyone who does not work in the NHS should be obliged to read this. ...
  • André Oliveira
    Mar 08, 2019
    This book was just fine. Adam Kay tells us some stories about being a doctor in a hospital, some are really funny, some are tragic. He tackles some NHS problems as well and how they can make a difference between a good or a bad treatment. Some context: My girlfriend is a nurse so...
  • Jo
    Aug 03, 2018
    This book was an amazing insight into the life of a former Doctor. It is set out in the format of a diary, which made for easy reading. I found some of the diary entries so utterly horrifying and surprising, I was sitting there thinking, what the hell? Put it this way, there was a trem...
  • Emma
    Sep 12, 2017
    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 blo...
  • Francesca
    Jun 07, 2018
    I think this is the first nonfiction book I've ever given a full five stars to. Usually the highest they get is 4.5 which is usually rounded down to 4 as I save the 5 star ratings for truly incredible books or ones that really had a profound effect on me. This book deserves every s...
  • Graham King
    Sep 25, 2017
    What an amazing book. It's genuinely hilarious but utterly and completely devastating and heart-breaking. It has changed my perception of the NHS and junior doctors. If you are ever likely to be ill, you should read this. If you are ever likely to conceive, you should read this. If...
  • Zuky the BookBum
    Nov 15, 2018
    I?ve never read a book quite like This is Going to Hurt! It was equal parts hilarious, saddening, and eye-opening. I am so supportive of the NHS and it?s workers in this country, this book is proof of the amazing work doctors and nurses do for us every single day that a lot of us t...
  • James
    May 28, 2018
    ?This is Going to Hurt? (2017) is essentially Adam Kay?s account of his time as a junior doctor in the UK?s National Health Service. ?This is Going to Hurt? is by turns, funny, moving, revealing, heartening and shocking. Kay has given us a very human account of life in ...
  • Lauren
    Dec 05, 2017
    *Unpopular opinion* This was a DNF for me. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect so it probably shouldn't come as a complete surprise then that I didn't finish it. I think this book sums up why I never went into Medicine and in order to survive in the medical w...
  • Hamad
    Mar 05, 2019
    Another non-fiction I am reading this year?! Who AM I????? Also it sold more than a million copies? Wow! My journey in Med school is coming to an end soon and I think I have to read this UWU ...
    Jun 10, 2018
    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who is "nervous in the service" -- not the military, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchment, 2004 to 2010. Adam Kay and his colleagues had to deal with weirdly ineffectual decisions ...
  • Miglė
    Nov 23, 2018
    NEPAPRASTAI juokinga knyga su daug medicinini? detali?, kurios gali kelti ?iurp?, nes: 1) su?inai, kaip kartais veikia ?mogaus k?nas ir kokiais b?dais jis gali neveikti, 2) su?inai, kaip gyvena medikai ir tai gali b?ti tikrai siaubingas, varginantis gyvenimo b?das. Tas ...
  • Nat Price
    Jan 20, 2019
    4.5 stars (rounded up due to its societal importance) Doctors are humans too! ...
  • Abby Sowden
    Jul 26, 2018
    This was a DNF for me, as a nurse working in the emergency room, I can relate to a lot of the references in this book, especially the dark humour - that?s how we healthcare professionals get through the stress of work. However, I could not stand Kay?s obnoxious views on the struggl...