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Country Doctor Hardcover – Large Print, 15 Oct 2004

4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books; New edition edition (15 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750522070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750522076
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Country Doctor is a collection of anecdotes about the life of a former Air Force medic turned country GP - Michael Sparrow. It follows in the footsteps of books like Sick Notes and Confessions of a GP, the primary difference in this case is that the doctor in question has had a rather dubious background for a GP; he is someone who openly admits to being less than academically gifted and admits to neglecting his duties whilst a student/house officer.

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.
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In the era of being bombarded with medical fiction & "fly on the wall" documentaries it is a refreshing change to read a book which tells it how it is .This book describes the life of a GP in a way that will interest the medical and non medical reader alike.It may open your eyes to your fellow man but will not fail to entertain you! When's the next installment?
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Very good book, found the beginning a bit slow but carried on reading and I really got into it, really enjoyed it very funny in parts. I have already downloaded the follow on book and am looking forward to reading it.
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I actually purchased this book by accident, thinking it was another title. I don't regret it at all: an incredibly funny and honest book, I have recommended it to my freinds-fellow medical school classmates, and anyone else who likes very well written, sharp humor. Bravo.
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A really good book but it is a bit heavy going at times and I have left this book and come back to it several times which is easy to do as each chapter is a different topic. Can be a bit monotonous at times.
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The story is all about the mad world of medicine. Having some experience of it as the wife of a doctor and as a patient, it certainly rang a bell with me. I liked the way the story is told: there is humour and heart in it. It shows how human doctors are and that may be the average patient has too much faith in them. Still usually doctors are trying their best.
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I must say I was a little disappointed in this book for two reasons. I was very quickly fed up with and bored by the constant references to excessive drinking,and also the apparent lack of concern for some of his patients. For example the time he was allegedly watching cricket on tv instead of listening to his patients, although I susupect that this was poetic licence and cannot imagine that really happened.
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.
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Borrowed this book from Sparrow's current partner in rural medical crime! Great book, light hearted, had me laughing out loud and the author often makes fun of himself, though I suspect is an excellent GP. Don't believe he ever drank that much though!
Thanks for reminding me of the light hearted side of General Practice and what a priveledge it truly is.
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