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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (28 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842324926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842324929
  • Product Dimensions: 53.1 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Gordon is best-known for his hilarious 'Doctor' books and the long-running television series they inspired. Born in 1921, he qualified as a doctor and went on to work as an anaesthetist at the famous St Bartholomew's Hospital, before a spell as a ship's surgeon and then as assistant editor of the British Medical Journal. In 1952, before leaving medical practice in 1952 to take up writing full time and embarking upon the 'Doctor' series. Many of these are based on these experiences in the medical profession and are all told with the rye wit and candid humour that have become his hallmark. They have proved enduringly successful and have been adapted into both film and TV. His 'Great Medical Mysteries' and 'Great Medical Discoveries' concern the stranger aspects of the medical profession, whilst 'The Private Life' series takes a deeper look at individual figures within their specific medical and historical setting. Clearly an incredibly versatile writer, he will, however, always be best known for his comic tone coupled with remarkable powers of observation inherent in the hilarious 'Doctor' series. 'Mr Gordon is in his way the P G Wodehouse of the general hospitals' - The Daily Telegraph. 'I wish some more solemn novelists had half Mr Gordon's professional skills' - Julian Symonds, Sunday Times

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By David Cook on 2 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
Richard Gordon's follow-up to his classic "Doctor In The House" isn't really part of the "Doctor" series (the un-named narrator doesn't seem to be either Doctor Gordon or the cinematic Doctor Sparrow, and Gordon's "Doctor At Large" ignores this book and follows directly on from "House") but never-the-less remains an enjoyable read.
Once again the author draws directly on his experience, in this case his time spent as a ship surgeon and , like "Doctor In The House", the book is a collection of anecdotes, in this case built around a three month voyage to and from South America. If not as funny as his first novel, "At Sea" shares its period charm and is an enjoyably escapist read with an oddly poignant ending.
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This is possibly one of the more autographical books in the series. The author did do a stint as a ship's doctor, and this book fictionalises that experience. There is clear evidence throughout that he knew what he was writing about, and his descriptions of shipboard life are authentic and show a clear understanding of how merchant vessels are operated. A very good read on so many different levels.
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By runrig1 on 1 Jun. 2012
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I first read this book over 20 years ago .like many of this authors books it seems to be ageless and should appeal to younger readers than myself.Having said that,his earlier works are better than the later ones.In the style of P G Wodehouse he writes of his time ,this I think, is where the charm is.
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A good re-read 24 Jan. 2013
By M. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read this book at age 12 - loved it then, loved it just much the second time. Very funny even though we Americans probably miss some of the English jokes. This book is one of Gordon's "Doctor" series, all of which are hilarious and well worth purchasing.Highly recommended.
Just a nice story 27 Nov. 2014
By Paul Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
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The second installment in the "Doctor"series. Our hero signs on as ships surgeon in the merchant marine and travels to South America on a tramp steamer.

I enjoyed this more than the first book. This was interesting in how a tramp steamer functioned in pre-containerization days. The characters that make up a crew are equally fascinating.

Again no belly laughs but very amusing and interesting.
Laughter is the best medicine 2 Jan. 2014
By SBwMD - Published on Amazon.com
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This series of doctor stories was recommended to me by English friends and life is a bit sweeter because of it. You don't have to be in the medical field to enjoy them although if you are, there will be times you are both laughing and nodding your head in professional agreement. At times it is as though PG Wodehouse got himself a medical degree, endured a long residency and then decided to write about it. Funny stuff.
Doctor Series 13 Nov. 2013
By M. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is laugh out loud (literally) funny. The writer has wit and good style of writing. In my opinion it compares well with the "All Creatures great and Small" by James Herriot series.
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