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Don't bother. It is NOT funny.
on 29 September 2015
I cannot understand why, for once, I did not read the reviews on this book. I am a retired GP ad thought this book would show the lighter side of general practice, of which there is a large amount. However, it fails totally. I have never found a book which was meant to be funny, to be so dire. The only part I have laughed at was the section of exerpts from other doctors' medical notes. This has been around for years and is hilarious, though how 'Dr Daniels' (presumably not his real name) has been allowed to put this in HIS book I cannot understand. Dr Daniels comes across as an unhappy, pontificating, self absorbed person who should not be doing general practice. I have staggered along to just beyond half way through this book but doubt I shall finish it as it depresses me. One of my GP partners once remarked how most people came out of my room laughing, and he wished he could have that effect on patients. Yes I did deal with their problems seriously, but there is, almost always, a lighter side. I didn't like all my patients and they didn't all like me but that is something you have to learn to deal with. Regarding the young man who died following the consulatation in the reception, being pleased he was not responsible for his death, was appalling. It would have been more acceptable if he had spent some time listening to him in private, but not to do so because he was looking forward to his couple of pints at the pub was beyond belief. What made me gasp out loud was the tale of the 'f***ing huge' (sic) patient with whom he went to a lot of trouble to get him admitted to hospital, and then said he didn't know what the outcome had been as he moved on to another job. If he had really been a caring professional, he would have rung up and found out. He doesn't really give the impression of caring about any of his patients. It is a job to him, not a vocation.
My son-in-law is just at the end of his GP training and I had thought this book might be worth getting for him, but I wouldn't dare to give it to him. I think he would give up medicine altogether if he thought he was going to turn out like this GP.
I see there is follow up book to this one. Guess what...I will NOT be getting it!
Well, against my better judgement, I did finish the book. In the comments at the end I was astounded to see that the book is a NOVEL. It is written by a doctor (Ben Daniels is the pseudonym of a doctor) but the people in it are figments of his imagination and the stories are made up. This explains the lack of follow up on several of the patients and even explains some of the language ( a few too many f words for my liking). It also explains why some of the time he refers to himself as a locum, but then he refers to the staff in 'his' practice. How bizarre...there are so many stories in General Practice that you really don't need to make them up. Even asking for colleagues' stories would have been better. If I could I would take away the one star. It is quite inexplicable.