Review of”This is going to hurt” by Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior DoctorThis is Going to Hurt is a hilarious account of what happens in a life of a Junior Doctor in the UK, before he lost his shit and quit. Now he writes TV shows and the like. If I understood correctly, the author was prompted to publish this work as a reply to politicians wanting to cut some funding of NHS in his country.

Not only has this book kept me up until 5 am (which resulted in a raging headache until well into my day – kids, don’t do this), but it has cemented my decision to never have a child growing in my uterus. The author shares to most disturbing, funny and graphic details of his former work as an OB/GYN doctor who has delivered over 1200 babies into this world and managed to convince at least 7 people NOT to name their child Adam at the same time.

He tries to make the topic light and funny as much as he can, but there’s only so much you can do when you write about bodily fluids, cutting open people, prolapses, forgotten sponges in one’s vagina of a prostitute and the dumpster fire that his private life must have been. There’s quite a lot of medical jargon thrown around but the author provides funny and helpful explanations, which were very much appreciated. Although, I could’ve easily lived the rest of my life without knowing a few things.

When I was a wee lassie, I entertained the idea of becoming a psychiatrist, because I have always had a morbid interest in all thing weird and mental disorders. In order to become one, I would’ve had to go to med school and go through the general practice before choosing a direction. After reading this book I am so grateful that my life has taken me in a completely different direction. I can’t even stand reading about blood, yet have someone die on my hands.

If you or someone you know is considering going down the path of this noble profession, I highly recommend reading this book as it sheds light on the really shitty aspects of the life of a doctor.

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