This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay – Review

Non-fiction
Genre: Biography/Humour
Published: September 2017
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 256
My Rating: /5


“It’s sink or swim, and you have to learn how to swim because otherwise a ton of patients sink with you.”

Adam Kay, This is going to hurt

If you have ever wondered what it is actually like to be a doctor, then this book may answer some of those burning questions you may have.
Entertaining and completely real with some of the most bizarre stories you have ever heard (even though its just another day in the life of a doctor). I really did laugh out loud at some of the stories, mostly because they are extremely relatable. 

Before becoming a comedian and writer, Adam Kay worked as a doctor for the NHS. His stories are raw and real, as a doctor it felt as though I was reliving my own experience as a junior doctor.

Kay writes about being a junior doctor working for the NHS in the UK, but I can honestly tell you that this is almost exactly the same experience that doctors in South Africa have working in hospitals within the State/Government sector.

His writing style is down-to-earth and absolutely hilarious. I love that it is written in the form of diary entries. In certain parts you might think he is exaggerating, but I can tell you that he definitely is NOT. Im usually not the biggest fan of footnotes and initially I felt like I didnt need to read them, because I am very familiar with the medical jargon. But, they contain the simplest explanations in the most entertaining ways.

“Think about the toll the job takes on every healthcare professional. Your time in hospital may well hurt them more than hurts you.”

Adam Kay, This is Going to Hurt


A quote that stuck out for me and which I can tell you, most doctors will agree with is patients dont think of doctors as being human. And if there is one thing you take away from reading this book it is that we are and I would like everyone to always keep that in mind. Medical professional or not, I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed. .


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