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Sick Notes [Paperback]

Tony Copperfield
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
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Book Description

12 May 2010
The hilarious, shocking and occasionally tragic truth about the working life of a British GP, written for the lay reader. Dr Tony Copperfield is an average GP in an average town. He spends his life fighting off the worried well armed with internet print outs and health pages torn from newspapers, dealing with youngsters with meningitis, worrying about swine flu, mopping up vomit, shouting at bureaucrats and banging his head against the brick walls of the NHS. Perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what really goes on in a GP practice.

''A wonderful book, funny and insightful in equal measure, and an ideal gift for all doctors and those brave enough to use them''. Dr Phil Hammond GP (Private Eye magazine, Channel 4's Countdown)

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (12 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308148
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and truthful..definitely worth reading 29 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Being a GP myself, I have to admit I can completely identify with most of the sentiments written by TC. It is a funny and insightful look at the joys and frustrations of modern-day General Practice - a good mix of anecdotes intermingled with explanations of what is currently going on in the politics of Primary Care. Not everyone will like this book as it is a very honest account of how GPs feel day to day but I would say it is well worth reading, if only so people can see what Primary Care is about and what we have to deal with - the good and the bad.
The only gripe is that in some places, there may have been too much emphasis on having a moan, but hey - some days are like that...
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter is the best medicine 27 Sep 2010
By susie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My funny bone was tickled by this book. The true story of a GP's working life, Sick Notes is a behind-the-scenes look at the average doctors' surgery - the part that patients don't usually get to see.

It is an easy read with some great characters - my favourite is the all-seeing reception manager Mrs Peggotty. (Nothing escapes her beady eyes).

Although it really made me laugh, Dr Copperfield makes some really serious points about the hoops that he and his colleagues have to jump through on a daily basis. He gets frustrated and bewildered by the bureaucracy and officials who make his job more difficult. Then there are some very funny anecdotes about the patients who also make his life a misery.

I'll never see my GP in the same light again and I certainly won't say "while I'm here doc" at the end of my consultation, lose my prescription or convince myself that I've got some hideous, incurable disease because I've spent too long on a medical website.

I originally bought Sick Notes on Kindle, but have now bought the paperback for a friend. Buy it, it's a great read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, apt critique of medicine 9 July 2010
By Mikey
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An excellent book that kept my attention from cover to cover. Copperfield provides a great insight into general practice for medics and non medics alike. Criticisms match those seen in real life. Would suggest to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information 28 Nov 2012
By Inka
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Poor narrative style and did not warm to the personality of the author who seemed to lack empathy. However, it was a frightening and educational insight into what is happening to the NHS. Worth reading just for the information so that as a potential patient one is forewarned.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wit and humour 4 July 2010
By Grout
Format:Paperback
I loved him when his column was in the Times every week - but where did Copperfield go? Great to find his wit and humour again. I am not a GP but I would highly recommend this to anyone wonders what it must be like to be on the other side of the consulting room. Funny and insightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "What's Up Doc!!! 15 Mar 2013
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Very good account of the machinations and machiavellian behaviour of the NHS. I was surprised at the level of cynicism and impatience with people who are, mainly, paying for the service. I think NHS staff often forget this point and practice as though they are doing their patients a favour. Perhaps they forget that we're all human with many positive and negative sides to our characters. We all tend to panic and become anxious when we think there is something wrong with our bodies. On the other hand as part of my (non) medical training I was placed in a GP's practice for several weeks and was, quite frankly, bored to tears most of the time. People attended with boils, cut knees, sore throats, ear wax, etc., etc., etc. So I understand where the frustration and cynicism stems from. I too, worked as a public servant for nearly forty years before retiring. I grew impatient, cynical and frustrated with the service, but never with the people who needed help and support. I remember them fondly for all their failings, transgressions, idiocy, etc., etc. It made me more accepting of my fellow human beings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 8 Dec 2012
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Another anecdotal book about the life of a GP. Each chapter more or less highlights a particluar ailment and/or patient put across in a humorous way, giving an insight into a GP's life and the way the NHS has evolved into a paper-crunching monster which has tied up a GP's hands!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD LAUGH. THE BEST MEDICINE. 11 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fortunately I don't go to the doctors very often, but I did enjoy this book. It reflects very accurately the kind of things that are experienced in a lot of jobs when you work for a big organisation and have to deal with the general public with all their funny foibles. Now I work in a supermarket bakery and one of Dr. Copperfield's job perks is when patients don't turn up for their alloted ten minute appointments. I sympathise and wished our customers didn't turn up also. NHS management who enquire about surgery budgets going over. I have supermarket management memos complaining about out of date bread that hasn't sold. This is from the same management that told me how many to bake in the first place. I'm sure everyone recognises some aspects of their own job in this book. highly recommended. We all need a good laugh, that is the best medicine. Can also recommend for a good laugh WRITE AGAIN VOL 2
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars funny insight
Funny quick read now really feel for my gp will never sit in a gp waiting room fustrated wit the long wait!
Published 1 day ago by caron l
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick notes
Excellent book, full of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed it, it gives you an insight into what we put our poor doctor's through.
Published 7 days ago by m nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight to GP practice
I thought this was a good read and covered a lot of different issues from NHS politics, practice politics and the foibles of individual patients. Read more
Published 7 days ago by alex mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh a minute!
This arrived on time and is in great condition as described. The book is a laugh a minute and very well written
Published 8 days ago by Kikelomo
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Every job has it's ups and downs, this seen from a Doctors point of view, but it gives the impression- what are they saying about me when I leave the surgery?
Published 13 days ago by Mr. Derek Wilkie
5.0 out of 5 stars So true
Well written, accurate account of life as a GP trying to do a difficult job when hindered by government interference and dogma.
Funny and frighteningly true
Published 14 days ago by Stuart Lawson
1.0 out of 5 stars Too pompous
I definitely felt the arrogance of what was being written rather than the funny familiarity you may expect. Maybe good for another GP
Published 18 days ago by Joanne Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read very funny
Really enjoyed this book seeing things from the doctors point of view was a real eye opener would recommend a read
Published 1 month ago by shaza
4.0 out of 5 stars Bureaucrats, take note!
It’s interesting to learn what it’s like to have a job that’s entirely different from one’s own. Tony Copperfield gives a fascinating insight into life in a GP’s surgery, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pelagius
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Quite hard to get into and confusing at times, a look at life as a doctor.
This book shows the highs and lows of the GP proffesion.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Gaughan
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