This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
Awards, and more awards …
This book doesn’t fall into any of the categories that I usually review, i.e., the book isn’t about entrepreneurship, self-improvement, or business. That said, the book was extremely well-publicized and marketed, and I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.
So, given that this best-selling book has won numerous awards in the non-fiction category, including best non-fiction book, best new writer, and the overall award for book of the year at the National Book Awards 2008, not to mention it being Zoe Ball’s Book Club Choice, I decided to read it.
What is this book about?
As the title suggests, the book is based on the diaries of a junior doctor who works within the National Health Service (NHS), which is the free healthcare system that we have here in the UK.
Unlike the US, we UK residents pay for our NHS healthcare through our taxes and we don’t need to have medical insurance to receive routine medical treatment. If we’re sick or injured, we simply attend our GP or local Emergency Department to receive treatment without charge.
Although the system generally works very well, it does have problems, largely due to lack of funding, shortages of staff, and the number of people wanting to use the service.
The book takes a humorous look at Adam’s journey from a newly qualified medical student to a fully-fledged doctor, working within various NHS hospitals.
The book is laid out in the style of a diary with brief entries for each day, ranging from a couple of lines to a page or so. Each entry relates the story of something amusing, shocking, or noteworthy that happened during that particular day.
I was astounded by the ridiculous questions that some people posed to the medical staff! Another surprise is the conditions that doctors are expected to work in and the hours that they work. Take those working conditions and replicate them in a factory setting, and there would be strikes and picket lines!
The third surprise in the book is the lack of support that doctors receive. For example, there is no bereavement counseling service available to doctors, despite the fact that they do lose patients on a regular basis, which must be hard to deal with.
It’s a great read!
Even though the book ultimately addresses some very serious issues, it’s packed with laugh-out-loud moments that keep the reader turning the pages. Also, the brevity of the diary entries makes reading the book enjoyable and easy, even if you’re not an avid reader.
It goes without saying that this book should be awarded 10 out of 10!
The book is well-written and very funny while addressing some very serious subject matter, and I highly recommend anyone who lives in the UK to read this book.
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