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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755362063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755362066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Dr Rosemary Leonard shares her incredible stories from a 25-year career as a GP

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2013
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Rosemary Leonard writes in a very readable style in this fascinating book. I find it interesting to read about how doctors see their patients and there is something to be gained from the patient's point of view in reading all of these books.

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.
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Although normally a slowish reader, this was such an easy, entertaining read, I got through it in double-quick time. The only drawback was the appallingly slipshod proof-reading, leading to many a “hiccup” over missing words, wrong spellings, twisted phrases, etc., which can be very irritating.
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.
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If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a GP, then this book will give you some idea. I enjoyed reading it and it made me appreciate even more the hard work and dedication that most GPs put in to their jobs [whoever would have thought a doctor would need to climb a tree in the pouring rain to see a patient?]. More goes on behind the scenes than you realise.

My only criticism of this book is that there are a fair number of typographical errors that should have been removed before publication.
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Great quick read full of interesting cases - the tree patient was brilliant. A couple of patronising comments from the good Doc and some sweeping generalisations which made me cross but not enough to stop reading.
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Dr Leonard had concentrated on a few cases going in to quite a lot of depth for each. Sometimes I felt that her attitude was a bit patronising of the patient - many of whom I'm sure can be difficult! The book was educational but on the whole the it didn't keep me engrossed.
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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this was a most interesting and informative book. It is often said that people like Doctors and Teachers could 'write a book' about their experiences. This proves that it can be done and in a most interesting and entertaining way. I am sure anyone with an interest in people would find this book fascinating.
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I suppose having seen our doctor on morning tv quite often i was expecting a longer and funnier book , perhaps too i expected too much having worked in general practice myself for over twenty years , if i was non medical i may have enjoyed it more !
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There are many books out there which are written by GP's. This one is very good and definitely worth a read. There are heart warming stories and miracles do happen. There are sad stories, but this book does shows what life is really like as a GP. There are light hearted bits which make you laugh and bits that could make you cry, but all totally believable. You do not have to understand any medical jargon to enjoy this book. Just think about the people who sit along side you in the Dr's waiting room!
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