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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919927
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Pemberton is a practicing doctor. As well as a degree in Medicine, he completed a degree in Anthropology for which he was awarded a first and a prize for academic excellence. Max has worked in a broad range of medicine from geriatrics, adult psychiatry, surgery and paediatric palliative care. He is also a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and Reader's Digest. In 2010, he was named Public Educator of the Year 2010 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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This book will have you crying bucket loads one moment and laughing out loud the next. (News of the World)

Pemberton treats a grim subject with warmth and self-deprecating good humour . . . equally enlightening sequel. **** (Daily Mail)

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What the Junior Doctor did next.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 19 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I read the first book Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor around four years ago and enjoyed it a lot. I didn't even know a sequel had been published until I saw this and, I have to say, I enjoyed it a whole lot more. What I preferred about Where Does It Hurt was the fact that it was less about the funny part of hospital life than its predecessor. Yes, it has its funny moments but it was also steeped in a seriousness that Trust Me... sometimes lacked.

In this, our intrepid and newly qualified doc decides to work for one year in a community outreach project that deals with homelessness, mental health issues and drug addicts and the other unsavoury things that go with these. That isn't as funny as trying to insert a catheter into a clitoris (read the first book, you'll understand) but it's no less interesting. What the book really showed was how drug addiction and homelessness are not black and white issues (does anybody think they are?) but that there are various reasons behind both. I don't think I'll walk past a homeless person in the same way again, without wondering about their situation, which can only be a good thing.

Interesting aside: There's a passage in this book about the doctor `walking like a crack addict' - i.e. he was always walking in a hurry and with a purpose as if he was going to find his next hit, whereas in reality he was just late for work. I couldn't help but think that that could be applied to me as I pretty much never walk slowly - though I want to stress the fact that I'm not trying to find my next hit!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Jenks on 8 Sept. 2009
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I loved the first book 'Trust me I'm a Junior Doctor' but thought this one was even better. It still has the same humour and pathos but the characters and stories that the writer uses to address issues of drug-addiction and homelessness really bring his experiences to life and makes you look at the the world in a new light. It's the kind of book that stays with you - and makes you think, laugh out loud and feel sympathetic towards the plights of others all at the same time. I thoroughly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. J. Leslie on 22 Aug. 2009
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Ever walked past people lying in the streets? Bedded down in cardboard boxes? Holed up in shop doorways? Ignored their polite plea for "a bit of change"? Avoided eye contact with drunks and crack heads? Passed them off as the detritus of the city?
Max Pemberton didn't. He went looking for them - crack-heads, bums, drug addicts, down and outs, prostitutes, the mentally ill and drunks. Undaunted, our doughty Doctor takes on the mantle of a medical Knight - not in shining armour and on a white charger - but unshaven, in ripped jeans, trainers and dirty T-shirt and on foot - in an attempt to save and treat damsels and others who are in distress. Snag is - many of them don't always want to be "saved"!

In his new book, he takes us to the seedier, bizarre side of the City, the murky shadow lands of humanity, which are but a stone's throw away from posh restaurants, dazzling shops and theatres.
He recounts extraordinary tales of his adventures with the patients and staff with whom he works at the Phoenix Outreach Project.
There are glimmers of "Stuart: A Life Backwards" by Alexander Masters as Max puzzles over the how and why of homelessness and the tenuous threads that bind these people together.

At times, I found it hard to appreciate that this book is not fiction. I also found myself wondering how I would cope in his shoes. Not half as well as he does.

"Where Does it Hurt" should be re-titled, "There By the Grace of God Go We". It is written with compassion, maturity, respect and humour. It is humbling, eye opening, questioning, extraordinary, uncomfortable and wise. It is intensely readable and educational. The characters are painted with clarity and remained in my mind, long after I finished reading.

It is a tribute and salutation to the altruistic and philanthropic work of all the people who work in this field.

If you'll pardon the pun, a cracking good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Storey VINE VOICE on 4 May 2010
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I have read Max Pemberton's first book, 'Trust Me, I'm a junior Doctor' and really enjoyed it. So when i found out he had wrote another about working in drug and alcohol, I had to read it, as, i too, work in that area. His observations and preconceptions were spot on. As he says, he comes from a 'Respectable Middle Class Background' and his idea that he would be working with the stereotypical 'junkie' and 'old men carrying around brown paper bags containing booze' were soon gone, when he is confronted with a woman who is an 80 year old drug dealer, among many other characters, who prove that drug and alcohol is not confined to the council estates and the homeless, and can affect anybody. This book is sad along with being comical; as Max tries to change things and make a difference, where a lot of his patients sadly don't want to. And are only at the clinic to stop going to jail or get the methadone to sell on to buy heroin. This is a modern day tale of the people we see around everyday and instantly judge as 'low lifes' without knowing the background of how these people got to where they are; Max realises he has to understand that the successes are few and far between, and without becoming uncaring, learns the hard way how manipulative substance abusers can be, and the lengths they will go to, to score anything. And on a huge learning curve, manages to still care about them and look at these people in a different light. there for the grace of God etc.
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