Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.
I had only heard good things about this book but I honestly didn't know what to expect. How can a book with diary entries from a doctor be so funny? Well, it is!
Kay manages to bring us on the most unexpected of journeys during his time as a junior doctor. This book will make you laugh and cry and I would happily read it again.
It also opened my eyes to the life of a doctor and my respect for those who work in the medical sector multiplied tenfold. My dad comes from a family of doctors, nurses, dentists and vets, therefore working in medicine is something I am familiar with. However, this gave me the wake up call I think we all need, these people are doing some of the most selfless and thankless jobs out there and they deserve every round of applause they get!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
Full of Personality
“Her extremely posh eight year-old asks her a question about the economy (!), and before she answers it, she asks her extremely posh five year-old "Do you know what the economy is, darling?"
"Yes mummy, it's the part of the plane that's terrible".
This is how revolutions start.”