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Struck Off and Die 20 years on....,
This review is from: Phil Hammond - Dr Phil's Rude Health Show Vol 1 [DVD]  (DVD)I've been a fan of Dr Phil since I saw him at Edinburgh in the junior doctor double-act Struck Off and Die in 1990. He's matured a bit since then - his humour is less aggressive and his hair is less ginger, but his delivery is effortless and the range of material he covers (from pubic to public inquiries) is impressively broad. Like his books, Dr Phil's live show is `comedy with a message' which may irritate those who like their comics just to be funny. But Dr Phil is never preachy - he just believes that the NHS is dangerous (`£110 billion a year and it's still no safer than bungee jumping') and we (patients) need to stand up for ourselves if we don't want to end up `snoring in the mortuary.'
Much of the material is taken from his current tour but there's an utterly shameless and fearless description his brush with the clap that was new to me. The mock consultation extras are also a treat. This is light-years from a medical student review, possibly because Dr Phil is light-years from being a medical student. The material is dark and dangerous at times, but there's a philosophical edge and poignancy that suggests it is possible to survive medical training with your empathy intact. But only if you have a sense of humour. Dr Phil apparently still works as a GP (`because I need the material') and writes for Private Eye but has somehow only had one brush with the GMC (thanks to William Hague's Press Secretary). Highly recommended for doctors, patients and anyone considering becoming either.