on 21 May 2012
Dr Barry Laverty starts his new job as assistant at small country GP.
His partner Dr O' Reilly knows who the really sick people are and the malingerers and soon teaches Barry how to deal with them.That plain wooden chair in the surgery is especially made to keep the patients moving along.
They have a clinic in morning and do home visits in afternoon. Their ill patients mostly get sent to the "Royal" in Belfast. Barry delivers a baby, diagnoses a thyroid problem,deals with a scared young pregnant girl and is on call when his partner takes time off. Their housekeeper Mrs Kincaid "Kinky" cooks the Ulster mixed grill,answers phones,dishes out advice when needed and washes doctors pants that always seem to get dirty (thanks to Arthur Guinness the dog)
Barry has little time for a social life but manages to meet the beautiful Patricia
who doesn't want a serious relationship until her career is established.
He likes to go fishing and meets with his pal Jack from medical school when they get time off together.
Life is never dull in Ballybuckleboo and the doctors never NEVER let the customers get the upper hand "cause if you do they will run you ragged"
on 18 August 2013
I found this book on a hotel bookshelf in a remote part of Bali and I was reluctant to move off our villa's comfortable lounger until I finished it.
If you want a book that will put giant smiles into your day, I'd highly recommend this delightful collection of laugh-out-loud anecdotes about a respected but unorthodox Irish country doctor and his new assistant. A glossary is provided for those of us unfamiliar with the wonderfully rich and colourful expressions in the Ulster dialect.
As soon as I finished this book, I ordered several more books in the Irish Country Doctor series for my Kindle. They are proving just as addictive as this one.
In each book's afterword, Mrs Kincaid, the magnificent cook who cares for the doctors, provides mouth-watering recipes. However I'll have to tear myself away from the books for long enough to cook her moist Roast Rack of Lamb with Herb Stuffing and Caper Sauce, a loaf of fruity Barmbrack bread, or the elegant-sounding Orange and Chocolate Soufflé.