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`What the Doctor Saw' by Dr Maurice Gueret,
This review is from: What the Doctor Saw (Paperback)
Intrigued by the cover picture where the donkey rider is so obviously enjoying himself, I wondered if this is `what the doctor saw'. Pages 24 - 28 explain. The rider is the author's maternal grandfather, a psychiatrist in a Mental Hospital in Dublin. The cover alone and its explanatory chapter would be enough to entice me to `buy the book', which is described as `a collection of writings and columns by Dr Maurice Gueret between the years 2003 and 2013'.
I ordered this book in the expectation of good writing, interesting history from past years and lots of humour. I have not been disappointed. Having several doctors as friends, I always loved the anecdotes they told about their patients! Skimming through six pages of titles of articles, I could pick out at random those that I thought would be most relevant for me. The opening chapter on `Patient Bloopers' demonstrates that Dr Gueret is well versed in literature. He quotes the dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan as the author of the term `malapropisms'. The examples he gives make me aware that when I talk to my doctor about `Transient Global Amnesia', as diagnosed by my hospital consultant, I must be careful not to be guilty of a `patient blooper'!
Dr Gueret displays a wide knowledge of books and programmes. He is familiar with Winnie the Pooh and has CDs of `All Creatures Great and Small.' This brought me back in memory to when that programme was being made and Eddie Straiton operated on a lovely Golden Retriever for the second episode and gave the dog to my daughter the following day. Over eleven years ago, I met the actor, Christopher Timothy, in our local library and I told him about the dog. As my daughter was soon to be married at that time, Christopher wrote a lovely message to her on a leaflet he picked up from the counter. The book awakens many such memories for me. My daughter now owns over 100 husky dogs in Lapland and has taken charge of about 100 more on another farm but that famous TV Golden Retriever from `All Creatures Great and Small' was her first dog. In the short biography of Dr Gueret on the back cover of the book he is described as `an exemplary dog walker'. He mentions his daughter, too. I hope that she will now recognise his writing skills and boast to her friends about the interesting book her father has written. I look forward to reading again and again the various articles in this compendium of `what the doctor saw'.