Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt

Hardback copy of This Is Going To Hurt with a white doctors coat sporting a red spill that looks like blood

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be a doctor in the NHS? What it would be like to be on the frontline when there are so many uncertainties surrounding British healthcare? This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay gives you an insight into just what it’s like to be spat out of med school and onto the wards.

I don’t think anyone is under the illusion that being a doctor (in any specialty) is an easy job – but surely it must be rewarding?. Kay outlines this beautifully in the pages of This Is Going To Hurt giving us a look at diary entries from 2004 to 2010 as he trains in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Over the years we follow his journey as he climbs up the career ladder, moves from hospital to hospital and watches his social life go up in flames.

I was slightly concerned that this book may come across as preachy. That was certainly not the case. Kay’s anecdotes are humorous whilst showing you how much time and effort can go into a single shift. He punctuates funny and unbelievable days in clinic and on the ward with more serious and sobering accounts of time in the operating theatre.

Hardback copy of This Is Going To Hurt with a white doctors coat sporting a red spill that looks like blood

I always felt like I understood the NHS relatively well. I’m a research scientist that has had the pleasure of working with clinicians but this was an eye-opening account of just how neglectful we’ve been towards the service and the staff that we are beyond lucky to have.

With everything you hear and see in the media (some of it coming from the government) it can be difficult to figure out what to believe. If you want an honest viewpoint of the highs and lows of the life of a junior doctor then I couldn’t recommend This Is Going To Hurt enough.

Have you read This Is Going To Hurt? Should we be concerned for our doctors and NHS?

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1 Comment

  1. March 5, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    I read this book about a year ago and loved it. He is really funny and I actually laughed out loud in some places, but I agree that we do neglect or staff quite drastically. I was also shocked how quickly they are thrown into the deep end of it all
    Ashleigh xxx |

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