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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Title:This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Author:Adam Kay
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Sara
    Apr 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

  • Petra X
    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...

  • Basma
    Mar 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Oct 28, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Ferdy
    May 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

  • Liz Janet
    Oct 26, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 23, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

  • Jen
    Jun 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

    I came across Adam Kay when I went to see him perform his music and actually read extracts from what is now his book. I was struck at the time of the yo-yo of hilarity and heartbreak, joy and utter dejection in his narrative and the book does incredible justice to it. I am not one to g...

    "Such an inspirational view of working in the NHS. The humour throughout gave it a lighthearted feel but it also very cleverly touched on a number of concerning issues. Very informative regarding medical vocabulary and procedures which makes this book extremely accessible to the genera...

    This was funny, and sad, and shocking. It's not going to be in my top books of the year - it's not that kind of book. But it wasn't trying to be great literature - it was trying to be funny, sad, and shocking. It was good to hear Kay read his own words, but I could have done without th...

    I've never laughed out loud so often while reading a book. Hilarious in most parts, heartbreaking in others, and sometimes both at the same time. Long live the NHS, and so much gratitude and admiration for those who work so hard for it. ...

  • Allie
    Mar 19, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

  • Leo Robertson
    Jan 01, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

  • Lucy
    Sep 29, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

  • Karen
    Sep 11, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

  • Becky
    Sep 22, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

    I came across Adam Kay when I went to see him perform his music and actually read extracts from what is now his book. I was struck at the time of the yo-yo of hilarity and heartbreak, joy and utter dejection in his narrative and the book does incredible justice to it. I am not one to g...

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Jan 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

  • Anne HS
    May 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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 14, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

  • Eleanor
    Jul 03, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

  • Emma
    Sep 12, 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...

    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...

  • Claire Fuller
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

    I came across Adam Kay when I went to see him perform his music and actually read extracts from what is now his book. I was struck at the time of the yo-yo of hilarity and heartbreak, joy and utter dejection in his narrative and the book does incredible justice to it. I am not one to g...

    "Such an inspirational view of working in the NHS. The humour throughout gave it a lighthearted feel but it also very cleverly touched on a number of concerning issues. Very informative regarding medical vocabulary and procedures which makes this book extremely accessible to the genera...

    This was funny, and sad, and shocking. It's not going to be in my top books of the year - it's not that kind of book. But it wasn't trying to be great literature - it was trying to be funny, sad, and shocking. It was good to hear Kay read his own words, but I could have done without th...

  • Francesca
    Jun 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 27, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

  • James
    May 28, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

  • Jovi Ene
    Apr 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

    I came across Adam Kay when I went to see him perform his music and actually read extracts from what is now his book. I was struck at the time of the yo-yo of hilarity and heartbreak, joy and utter dejection in his narrative and the book does incredible justice to it. I am not one to g...

    "Such an inspirational view of working in the NHS. The humour throughout gave it a lighthearted feel but it also very cleverly touched on a number of concerning issues. Very informative regarding medical vocabulary and procedures which makes this book extremely accessible to the genera...

    This was funny, and sad, and shocking. It's not going to be in my top books of the year - it's not that kind of book. But it wasn't trying to be great literature - it was trying to be funny, sad, and shocking. It was good to hear Kay read his own words, but I could have done without th...

    I've never laughed out loud so often while reading a book. Hilarious in most parts, heartbreaking in others, and sometimes both at the same time. Long live the NHS, and so much gratitude and admiration for those who work so hard for it. ...

    Ce m-am mai distrat! Adam Kay a īncercat s? reu?easc? īn medicin?, terminānd facultatea ?i fiind medic rezident, apoi medic specialist timp de 6 ani, īntre 2004-2010. Dup? ce a terminat-o cu medicina, fiind complet epuizat fizic ?i psihic, a publicat jurnalul s?u din peri...

  • Gaby
    Apr 21, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...

    The one thing I didn't like about this was the humour, it didn't work for me, there were like bad dad jokes. I mean, there were a couple of times I laughed a little but usually the humour fell flat, I would have preferred there'd been no attempt at humour at all, as it felt too forced ...

    I came across Adam Kay when I went to see him perform his music and actually read extracts from what is now his book. I was struck at the time of the yo-yo of hilarity and heartbreak, joy and utter dejection in his narrative and the book does incredible justice to it. I am not one to g...

    "Such an inspirational view of working in the NHS. The humour throughout gave it a lighthearted feel but it also very cleverly touched on a number of concerning issues. Very informative regarding medical vocabulary and procedures which makes this book extremely accessible to the genera...

  • Lauren
    Dec 05, 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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

  • ALLEN
    Jun 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

  • George (BuriedInBooks)
    Apr 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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 th...

    A petition for Jeremy Hunt (and every other politician and individual wanting cuts to the NHS) to read this book immediately. As brilliantly funny as it was emotional, distressing and heart-wrenching. We don't look after our health services enough, and I hope this book helps more peopl...

    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...

    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...

    ?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 ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Interview with author that brought the book to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co... 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...

    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...

    Thanks to two longish train journeys I started and finished this book today. You can believe the blurb, it is hilarious. Properly laugh out loud funny. It's also poignant and a timely reminder of what a resource the NHS is and how it has been eaten away by politicians. You really shoul...

    A funny, excoriating memoir about a "junior" ob/gyn physician who, like the characters in M*A*S*H, is "nervous in the service" -- but in this case the service is not the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, but Britain's National Health Service during recent years of budget retrenchme...

    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 ...

    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...

    Horrifying, hilarious and illuminating in equal measure. ...

    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...

    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...

    *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...

    3.5 Stars Alternative title suggestions: Going for Guts and Glory in Gynecology Mother?s Little Helper (Hospital Edition) Things *Not* to Put in Your Naughty Places Over a period of six years, Adam documents the hilarious, horrifying, poignant, banal, and heartbreaking exp...

    Insightful and hilarious. I enjoyed his footnotes and am very happy that they were added as I was able to quickly pick up on the medical terminology used instead of having to look it up or having to miss the point. Sometimes his sarcasm irked me but overall I found it funny considering...

    Hi friends, welcome back to my latest review! This time I review the true story of a junior doctor on the front line during the NHS crisis.Adam Kay decided to go to medical school after school and thus began years of training and placements in NHS hospitals around the country. Adam sta...