I bought this book as a bit of light holiday reading. Big mistake! Jed Mercurio tells his tale around the experiences of a medical graduate working for the first time in the real world of a bog standard hospital. It doesn't make for comfortable reading but it does provide an honest insight into the way the 'system' chews up and spits out tender young things. There is a great deal of uncomfortable detail provided and I came away with quite a bit of food for thought, even though I already knew some of it through my work. If you read this book then you will listen to politicians pontificating about the health service with a much more cynical expression on your face!