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Bedside Stories: Confessions of a Junior Doctor [Paperback]

Michael Foxton
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1 Jun 2012
For two years, Michael Foxton wrote about his experiences as a junior doctor in the NHS for the Guardian. Vivid, hilarious and often alarming, his book has gone on to find a cult following among doctors and patients alike. His observations illuminate the quirks, horrors and delights of all aspects of doctoring, from casualty to the psychiatric ward. Foxton tells us what it really feels like to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and introduces us to a mixed cast of patient that includes the rude, the violent, and the outrageously flirtatious.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857891480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857891488
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Foxton was a junior doctor in the NHS and wrote a regular column about his job for the Guardian. Michael Foxton is a pseudonym.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly I understand all my doctor friends 21 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very light, quick read as the book is made up of short 2 page sections (i.e. assembled from his Guardian column). The author is very witty and dry and gives fascinating insights into the joys and terror of being a newly qualified doctor. A very enjoyable, entertaining read with occasional thoughtful, incisive comments on the state of modern medicine. Every inconsiderate member of the public who's ever been rude to a doctor (doctor bashing is the vogue here at the moment) should read this book and reflect on what they are in danger of losing.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is really like this..... 1 Jun 2007
Although it may be unpalatable to many, this is exactly what it was ( ?is) like to be junior doctor...I know i was one.

I'm now a consultant and things haven't changed much (other than for the worse)

Read it if you want to get a true perspective as opposed to the nonsense in Holby City, Casualty etc

Whilst you're at it take a look at the Cardiac Arrest series from the 90's now on DVD -- probaly the best hospital TV series ever made
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 12 Dec 2005
By Clara
This is the only book that tells it like it is about being a junior doctor in the UK. It's funny and dark. A must-read for all doctors and would-be doctors out there.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Important reading for doctors in training 20 Feb 2007
As a medical teacher I was keen to add my thoughts having

just read this book. Like other reviewers I found aspects of this book

negative, missing out a lot of the positive

points out about being a junior doctor.

Having said that there are some parts of the book which were very valuable.

Suicide among doctors is a real issue and it is vital all

doctors, particularly junior doctors, read the section on

pages 80-82; "Suicide is Painless". He writes; "So if

you're a doctor and you think it it's all over and your

whole world has gone irretrievably pear-shaped, I say

this: Bail out. Don't kill yourself. Leave your job. .....

Reclaim your life: have it over again. You're young.

You'll make new friends."

If you have issues relating to views on health service

managers, then read page 118.

And finally, a useful

quotation; "Accident and Emergency is the random anecdote

generator of the NHS, the strange attractor to which all

ridiculousness will gravitate." (Page 68)

The book is well worth a read, particularly for doctors in training.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you gotta read this 31 July 2004
If you were a junior doctor in the 80's or 90's, you must buy this book before it goes out of print. Why? Because it is a brilliant, funny, cutting and above all honest (because it was written contemporaneously) account of what it was like. It will let you remember.
Further, it is a historical document any planners of the NHS in the 21st century (and believe me the NHS is going to change beyond recognition) must read. It is a snapshot of the life of doctors that still cared (or at least didn't just care about financial reward) working in an NHS that was (and is) becoming untenable.
And all patients should read it because it is true. I know, I was there.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb! 13 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Absolutely brilliant book! It gives a honest picture of what it is like to work as a junior doctor in the NHS, I would recommend this for anyone who would like an insight into what a junior doctor goes through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good funny book 3 Oct 2009
Its a really good book about the life of a junior doctor. the author expresses in the hardships of the junior doctor in a more funny manner. I would recommend this book for all the upcoming doctors as well as medical students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring - a real drag 28 Mar 2014
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I had expected this book to be amusing, humourous, entertaining but sadly it was none of these things, it is one long bore written with a "poor me" attitude.

Yes, I think everyone appreciates the fact that life is hard for a junior doctor and the training is long and hard. But surely anyone wanting to go into the medical profession knows this and they choose to do so because they want to help and care for people.

Well it seems that Dr Foxton does not feel like this. What he writes in his book is non stop NHS bashing, non stop moaning about his job and is totally insulting and disrespectful to the patients he is supposed to be caring for. I think I would rather be treated by the Vet we take our pets to than be treated by Dr Foxton. If what he wrote is his true feelings about his job, the parients and the NHS then the sooner he leaves the profession the better for all concerned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedside Stories
Hilarious stories about a junior doctors life on the wards. My daughter loves reading this, and often reads out aloud the ones she finds funnier.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. A. E. Button
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Insight into a Junior Doctors mind!!
What a refreshing breath of fresh air this book is!!! Dr Foxton writes on the very real trials and tribulations of becoming a Junior Doctor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Curly Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Had fun reading this
I was a junior doctor at the time when I read this, I recognized many of the situations, had fun reading the book, I was glad to find finally a junior doctor speaking honestly. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Adriana R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now thats more like it !
Having previously read confessions of a GP and whilst finding it good I did however find it a bit boring. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Pambi25
2.0 out of 5 stars Moaning account
Bellyaching and moaning account of a, `How come it's always me' ingrate. I have to admit I got utterly bored with the dissatisfaction halfway through this book and put it down. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, insightful, profound
If you've ever had the pleasure of being a guest of the NHS, this will certainly provide an amusing and informative insight into the daily lives of the people we often take for... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by EGil
5.0 out of 5 stars no surprises
having worked with house officers in late 80s 90s and 2000s no surprises here, but a well written funny account. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by tmac
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
After reading Max Pemberton's well written witty books about his experience as a junior doctor I was looking forward to reading this one in the hope it would be more of the same. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by C. RAE
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but tediously cynical
Foxton's book contains some hugely funny anecdotes, but the majority of his book is tainted with a very left-leaning cynicism about the state of the NHS, and a surly and somewhat... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by Alex W
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedside Stories
So funny I laughed out loud - then passed it round the staff room and laughed with everyone else.
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by S. K. Thompson
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