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The Best Medicine;
on 31 December 2013
I was very disappointed with this book. I bought it under the impression that she was a nurse who became a doctor. Well, she did but not a doctor in a hospital, nor a G.P. which she had said she wanted to be or as she put it A Family Doctor. It seemed to me she was actually an 'exam junkie' going from exam to exam, as a perpetual student for years before eventually getting a job as a Public Health Officer. A doctor, but one who didn't have any responsibility for patients as a hospital doctor or a G.P. would do. Her experience as a hospital doctor was limited to a brief time in Casualty, and a month as a locum to a G.P. She was honest when she said that she didn't want to practice surgery, and indeed on the one occasion she was called on to operate on a small child to remove her appendix, the operation was cancelled when the child vomited, to her great relief. The writing style is ponderous and old fashioned, and her use of the words 'always' and 'within' I found tedious. No-one ever worked, but gave 'service' and they all gave service 'within the walls of' which is a bizarre way to write in this day and age. So... would I recommend this book? No-not really.