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Therapy For The Author
on 16 February 2012
This book is a well-written and perceptive glance into the world of the GP. It gives the reader insight into the day-to-day routine of General Practice, contains anecdotes about patients, both heart warming and saddening, and is brought to life by the amusing interplay between the author and one of his fellow partners.
However, what this book mostly contains is complaints. In an attempt to illustrate to his audience the frustrations that patients and Primary Care staff experience at the hands of the nightmarish NHS bureaucratic system, Copperfield spends most of the book ranting about Out Of Hours Contracts, QOF points and the Choose and Book System. By the end of the book I had gleaned the impression that this book was written not so much to educate the masses as to provide an outlet for the twenty-or-so years of frustration this good doctor has clearly endured. I would have liked to read more patient cases, and less paperwork-induced angst. As a new doctor I frankly felt both depressed and exhausted by the end of the book.
That being said, Copperfield's writing is engaging, very readable, and at times, extremely funny, even if it does seem to revolve around chocolate Hob Nobs...