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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (9 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843540320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843540328
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICHAEL FOXTON is a junior doctor in the NHS and writes a regular column about his job for the Guardian. Michael Foxton is a pseudonym.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Edwards on 21 Jan. 2004
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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gibsy hesperis on 1 Jun. 2007
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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Clara on 12 Dec. 2005
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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 By Clement Rodgers on 20 Feb. 2007
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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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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By the_doctore on 31 July 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2014
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I had expected this book to be amusing, humorous and 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 depicts his true feelings about his job, the patients and the NHS, then the sooner he leaves the profession the better for all concerned.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2004
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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 By M. Sri Selvakumar on 3 Oct. 2009
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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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