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The Best Medicine: The True Story of a Nurse who became a Doctor in the 1950s Paperback – 6 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091951364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091951368
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A heartwarming memoir about a nurse who trains to be a doctor in the 1950s

About the Author

Vivian Georgina Edwards, or Georgie as she became known, was born in 1927 and grew up in Acton. She trained to be a nurse at University College Hospital, before studying to become a doctor at St Bartholomew's. She also worked at and Whipp's Cross Hospital, spent time in general practice in Hackney, and later built a career in Public Health. Today, at 85 years old, Georgie lives in Lewes, East Sussex.


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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.
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I have been reading this book for about 3 weeks now, as I only have time to read at breakfast. What an author Georgie is, she takes the reader right in to her world and carries them with her. I almost feel as if I know her personally and have travelled with her through her school days, interviews, exam nerves and mother-hood. A wonderful read to start the day.
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Don't like the author's style at all - seems to have a high opinion of herself and fin the style childlike, short abrupt sentences, little flow - not really my cup of tea and couldn't recommend - wouldn't buy this author again....Squirrel 59 - Thur 10.7.14
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Fascinating story of a lady who was prepared tp work and fight for what she was determined to do. And she managed to fit in marriage and a family. Really enjoyed this book.
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Good book,, however,did hope it featured more stories rather than training heavily. more,medical exploits.
Nonetheless, brilliant book to read .
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This lady has worked so hard to reach her dreams . . . A good, solid, interesting read and a reminder of why we should be kind to junior doctors.
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Expectations not met, too predictable. I kept expecting something big to happen and was disappointed. Lacked pace for obvious conviction.
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an interesting look into one womans journey into becoming a nurse followed by a doctor at a time when there weren't many female doctors
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