This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (This is Going to Hurt) by Adam Kay. Is an insight into the inner workings of the NHS from the frontline. The thought processes that go through the mind of young people that want to become doctors and the impact it has on their professional and personal life. I picked up this book because a friend recommended it to me in the pub as all places and gave it ago.
Adam is fresh out of medical school and discusses his decisions and why he was where he was. This is Going to Hurt, takes quite a comedic approach to diary entries that he made while on the job. The book takes him through the way he chose his specialism all the way through to senior registrar sharing some of the weirdest stories from the world of an obstetrician. Part of the funny side of this was the way the departments stacked up they fitted stereotype and my personal experience in the NHS as a patient.
The story or the entries that were picked seemed to be carefully picked to balance the angle that Adam was trying to achieve and the opposite. Adam from my view and what I gained from the book was trying to show people just how much pressure doctors are under working for the NHS and that while they might not be seemingly trying their best for you, they are on an individual level its just the system can be under provided for. He points out that the NHS is great, but it has to be appreciated and so does all the people that work there.
While This is Going to Hurt didn’t seem like it was for me when I was reading the book, as it I got a bit further through the book I started to see the message that the book was sending out. So I gave this book a 5/5 on Goodreads because it was very well put together bringing the light and the dark together and giving the public a true understanding of what Doctors go through and probably every healthcare professional in the NHS not just doctors. While thinking of Doctors as these people that have the answers that things don’t get to them and they are trained to do the job, I think we are all guilty of forgetting they are human to at some points in our lives and might of seen some horrible things. The only real negative for me reading the kindle version the footnotes were difficult to switch to, so I just didn’t bother.