‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay.


97- hour weeks. Life and death decisions. A constant tsunami of bodily fluids. And the hospital parking metre earns more than you. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s diaries provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this is everything you wanted to know and more than a few things you didn’t about life on and off the hospital ward.

A few words from me:

This book took me a lot longer to read than I anticipated which is really quite something to say that I never really wanted to put it down. However I seemed to have picked this book up in the midst of my third year exams. For anyone wondering, I wouldn’t recommend picking this book up if you have any kind of human interaction, or important life event (such as finishing university) because I can almost promise you that you will have the debate of how important the event is. Further you will begin to question why you can’t  just live your days out reading books and nothing more.

This book is beautifully written with stories to both make you cry with tears and laughter. Kay’s sarcastic tone both engages you but equally eases  you into the ‘medical know’. It is common fact that doctors and nurses across the country all speak a multitude of languages. Alongside english they must also speak ‘medical’ an ever growing yet newish language which only the gifted few can speak. Kay however makes even the music student feel like they too understand this highly knowledgeable language.

However most importantly this book opens up the discussion of just how important the NHS is. It is something we often take too much for granted and we really will not realise just how great it is, sadly, until it has gone. The Doctors and Nurses work endlessly saving lives each day making sure our safety and care is put over their family and social lives without the recognition they deserve. Often, it is easy to forget to acknowledge these heros as ‘real’ people with ‘real’ lives, when in reality we can’t thank them enough for the work they do.

This book is so important for everyone to read to understand just how important the staff are and how much we should look after them just like they tirelessly look after us.


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