Doctor, Doctor: Incredible True Tales From a GP's Surgery Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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'a riveting read' (Daily Express)
'She has a breezy, confident style that makes this an entertaining glimpse into the sharp end of medicine.' (The Lady)
'Funny, heartwarming - and you can skip the gory bits.' (Yours Magazine)
'[A] funny and heartwarming collection of anecdotes' (Inside Soap )
'Warm, humorous' (Choice)
Dr Rosemary Leonard shares her incredible stories from a 25-year career as a GPSee all Product Description
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Doctors don't always get it right and the author is the first to admit she has made mistakes. Patients don't always listen to good advice - such as `Josh' the asthma patient. Others don't actually say what they want to discuss with the doctor because of embarrassment or ignorance.
Some of the cases related here are frightening and others are funny as well as worrying. Patients sometimes think they know better than the doctor and others are just downright rude and aggressive. Cultural and religious beliefs could obstruct medical treatment and may work to the patient's detriment.
What comes over to me from this and other similar books is that doctors do care about the welfare of their patients but that any consultation is a two way process. The internet may have given patients access to much more information but that doesn't mean they know all the answers.
However, it was worth putting up with, because the yarns Dr Leonard tells are utterly riveting, many of her professional experiences being well beyond what one would perceive as “normal” practice. Her explanations are thorough and easy to understand, and she writes with a down-to-earth humour that warms the reader to her – even if one hadn’t already liked her as a media personality.
I highly recommend this revelation into the less visible side of a General Practitioner’s world.
My only criticism of this book is that there are a fair number of typographical errors that should have been removed before publication.
I chose to read it after enjoying the two "Confessions of a GP" books written by Benjamin Daniels, but I have to say I found his books much more entertaining and interesting and he came over as a more sympathetic and self-deprecating character whom I felt I would prefer as a person and a GP.
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True events from the GP who is often seen on morning TV. Brings home the fact that there are some strange people about. Some medical terms, but altogether a good read!Published 9 months ago by Robin
Boring, not funny, long winded. If you must read this borrow it from the library.Published 12 months ago by ChelseaGirl