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Further Confessions of a GP (The Confessions Series) Audio Download – Unabridged

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Just as enjoyable as the first book, Ben's humility and candor bring warmth to each interlude he describes. Told in brief chapters it rather feels like a series of the 10 minute slots he sees every day. Anyone considering becoming a GP should definitely read this, but the glamour-stripped insight is valuable to non-medics alike, especially if you use any NHS services. I like that he champions the NHS without being defensive or blindsided to its failings. But then that's what you'd expect once you get to know his "common sense" outlook. Buy it, read it, then be polite and succinct in your next GP appointment!
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I read the first 'Confessions of a GP' quite a while ago and really enjoyed it and this spurred me on to read many more of this sort of book eg.' Confessions of a Male Nurse', 'Sirens'('Blood Sweat and a cup of Tea' and 'More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea' in one volume). I read this as soon as it was released and I wasn't disappointed. It was every bit as good, if not better, than his original book. I was surprised to see there's 327 pages because it felt to really whizz along, I thought it was a short book, so time does fly when you're enjoying yourself/enjoying the reading! It isn't too technical for the average person to follow but you actually do learn a lot. There are sad stories and humorous tales. Really well done and interesting reading.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2013
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I think this is the type of book you either love or hate. I find them fascinating. This one - like its predecessor - is well written and gives the reader an excellent idea of the joys and frustrations of being a GP. There are amusing incidents and profoundly tragic incidents and the author freely admits he makes mistakes like anyone else.

I think such books are useful for the ideas they give readers about how not to behave when you see your GP as well as how to get the best out of the consultation. They also serve to remind people that any dealings with the medical profession are a two way process and it is important to describe your own symptoms as clearly and succinctly as possible. Your doctor is also a human being and will have off days like anyone else.
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This is an honest account of a doctor's experiences from a medical student to junior doctor, working abroad and in Accident and Emergency (A&E) alongside his main practice as a GP. He writes fluently in an almost effortless easy-to-read style. Most of the content deals with encounters with patients that will be familiar to the medical profession varying from the grateful to the difficult to the impossible. Ben Davies deals with them all with care, compassion, conscience and to the best of his ability, knowing there will be inevitable blips. There is happiness, sadness, grief and much humour contained in this book. The author's opinions on bureaucratic changes imposed on General Practices, the NHS, targets, consultation times and criticism of nurses are aired in a balanced way during the 'confessions'.

As someone who worked his way up the medical ladder but ended on the hospital side rather than General Practice, I can vouch for the authenticity of the author's encounters as I and many others have had similar experiences to deal with. This is a well-written, thoughtful and humorous book that is a marvellous read and emphasises the doctor-patient human relationship with trust at the forefront. Excellent, highly entertaining and recommended.
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A good choice for an audiobook, but WARNING - you may cry and/or laugh out loud while driving.

A short book from Ben Daniels, Doctor, follow up to his first book of the same name, full of anecdotes taken from his time as a GP in a busy surgery and working in hospital wards.

We meet dozens of Dr Daniel's regulars and you feel the highs and lows of the job - I burst into tears when patients died and babies were born with brain damage. And laughed so loud I'm sure pedestrians outside my car heard me with the ridiculously hilarious story involving biscuits, a dog and foot callouses.

The good doctor does seem to tread a careful path, putting qualifiers on a lot of the stories (he even mentions previous reviews, so I did feel he was trying to tread a path between truth and not upsetting anyone).

That didn't stop the stories being moving, sad, uplifting - all of life was in there, all of society. And the life a doctor has to lead to be there for us in our time of need, we are reminded of their skill and what they have to put up with.

Costs associated with NHS care are discussed, and I was reminded of just what we might all have to pay if we didn't have it anymore.... A timely reminder indeed.

Entertaining and a down-to-earth reminder of the men and women who go over and above to keep up alive and healthy.
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ive got the first one of Benjamins books, and was pleased that a second one has been written. certainly not disappointed! i love the fact that each chapter isn't too long, and is easily put down/picked up again. some bits make me chuckle, some are sad. definitely highlights what happens within the nhs that people just do not realise, and the effects it has on GP's on lives.
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