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Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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Reads like Scrubs: The Blog... This diary-style account of Pemberton's first year on the wards is funny and awful in equal measure. (Observer)
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- Very well written: The novel is entertaining, funny and thought-provoking for everyone.
- A real insight into the experience of a junior doctor: for curious medicine students
- Many moments of laughter and frustration as the author illustrates the complex way the NHS is now.
- A comfortable read for any part of the day.
I would sincerely recommend anybody to read this novel to develop their insight into how the NHS is operated and to be entertained by the many tales the author recounts. The novel is also a useful insight for aspiring medicine students and potential PPE students to develop an understanding of not just the clinical side of the NHS but the political factors that play a part. You will have many moments of laughter and sheer frustration while reading, making it a hard book to put down.
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Max has just finished six years of medical school, and is about to start his first year as a junior doctor in an NHS hospital. He is still a very young man, and he is terrified. Along with all the other junior doctors he has to spend six months in surgery and six months in medicine, and then apply for his "real" job at the end. He doesn't yet know what that is going to be. Over the next twelve months he is involved in a lot of death and dying (I could never do his job), discovers what hideous or simply lonely lives some people have, and has to become very mature within this twelve-month period in a way most of today's soft and pampered citizens don't have to be.
He is a very lively storyteller, and there are flashes of humour observing the Lothario senior doctor, the mad medical secretaries, and the patient with a hairbrush up his rectum (and some Lego as well.) They're really only there to relieve the tension. It's quite an impact discovering this world reading about it; experiencing it first hand would have hit with quite a wallop.
Sometimes he spends a page railing against the idiocies of politicians, medical administrators, and dodgy NHS consultants who hinder health, rather than help. He spends more time berating himself for keeping quiet and not causing trouble. And there are times when he is literally in tears, and my heart wrenched for him.
It was a honest telling of a juniors drs first year out of uni giving the highs and lows of a tough profession. Had many funny parts that made me laugh as well as sad parts. A nice easy read and a good writing style
The Author was honest in his and his colleagues feelings with their role in the NHS. As well as being honest with what a Dr has to do on a daily basis.
It has opened my eyes to the NHS and how the system works. Will def be wanting to read the Authors other books
i hope your career goes well Max. Now to purchase the sequel .
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