Country Doctor Hardcover – Large Print, 15 Oct 2004
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"This is a chronicle of his more than 20 years as a doctor -
sometimes poignant, sometimes harrowing...always hilarious." -- Good Book Guide --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Have you ever had to decide what to do with an unidentified corpse by a Devonian cow shed when the herd is due in for milking? This is a blackly funny account of one GP's daily round, and his misguided attempts to make sense of the career in which he has unwittingly found himself. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The book was enjoyable to read, and there were moments when I literally laughed aloud. The anecdotes in the most part are interesting and entertaining but I found three things hindered my enjoyment of the book. First, the title is misleading. Just a fraction of the book is actually set when the author is a country GP, the vast majority focusing on his early career and time in the Air Force. For me this was immensely disappointing as it was not the collection of interesting stories about interesting people, and good old fashioned village spirit, I had imagined it to be.
The next issue for me was the underlying vibe of the author saying "Look how great I am". Whilst on the surface the author says he wasn't that good a medical student or junior doctor, there is a definite vibe of "I'm better than you" throughout, which quickly got wearing such as when the author basically turns around and said that his tutor could see just how amazing a doctor he was, that they 'helped' him through his exams. Lastly, some of the 'true' stories recounted in the book are questionable. If they did indeed happen, then some of the events where at best unethical.
Other than those two points, the book was very enjoyable in the main, the humour dark but believable and the picture of the NHS years ago startlingly familiar today.
Thanks for reminding me of the light hearted side of General Practice and what a priveledge it truly is.
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RAF doctor and rural practice. How did he survive? Read this book and find out more. Honest and funny in places.Published on 11 July 2014 by Gardener