Benjamin Daniels is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.
A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor. A woman with a common cold demanding (but not receiving) antibiotics. A man with a sore knee. A young woman who has been trying to conceive for a while but now finds herself pregnant and isn't sure she wants to go through with it. A 7-year-old boy with 'tummy aches' that don't really exist.These are his patients.Confessions of a GP is a witty insight into the life of a family doctor.
Funny and moving in equal measure it will change the way you look at your GP next time you pop in with the sniffles.
©2010 Benjamin Daniels (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"don't waste either your credit or your money"
I thought this might have been a nice anecdotal listen,,, well it gave anecdotes, in the smugest, most depressing way possible. Some of which never had a conclusion satisfactory or otherwise. This doctor is soooo pleased with himself, it made me angry. I have down loaded a number of books, mostly really good, but not this one, it was DREADFUL. If you want to really depress yourself get it, if you want a laugh.. or even a wry smile FORGET IT
"Unedited for smugness"
I listened to this to while away my commuter car journey, expecting the anecdotes to be linked and this to be an autobiography in the James Herriot mould. What it actually seems to be is a badly edited (if it has ever been edited at all) collection of tales from a very smug young doctor who constantly assures us that "while he is not the world's greatest doctor, he is at least, a good doctor." That some of these brief stories are funny is indeed true, but the overbearing theme that pervades them all is his dreadful personality. I tried to persevere...he may have improved by the end - I confess I had to give up after about three hours as the whole soundbite style was becoming very depressing and annoying.
Mr Ben Daniels would do a lot better to stick to writing prescriptions for a few more years so that his overall experience of life can enable him to take a longer view. Perhaps then if he wrote a book which was based upon the experience he clearly lacked when he wrote this very third-rate drivel with greater clarity and using his own life to link the tales in the same way that other biographers do then possibly it might have greater appeal and meaning. At the moment this is a collection of soundbites which are designed in the main to show how clever he is. There are a few which are self-deprecating, but these are in the minority and the smug factor is collossal. This should have been written on "Twitter"...perhaps it was.
A little more humility and life experience would go a long way.
I think some of the other reviews have been a bit unfair about this book. It offers an interesting insight into the real life of a GP. Some of the stories require a strong stomach, but most are enlightening and some really moving.
This is an entertaining book with some more serious strands in the anecdoctal stories that are presented. There are some stories that perhaps would be better not told in this way, but all would be recognised by many practicing doctors, and people in allied medical professions. Contrary to some of the other reviews, my feeling is that Dr Daniels is probably an excellent doctor.
"Ain't that the truth!"
I thought this would be an audio stereotype of the films " confessions of a..."
But I was very pleasantly surprised.
There were no 'hidden ' feelings I can just imagine my GP doing some of these very things. In fact he reminded me f a GP I used to have who used to keep a bottle of whiskey in his top drawer and when I went in he used to say
" so...what's wrong with you save me some time"
It was very funny, relaxing and eye opening on a few levels.
Loved it! Well worth a couple of listens .
"detested this book"
if I could have given 0 I would have done, if he was my doctor I would have appled to have him struck off. Don't waste your time on this arrogant, total lacking in compassion man. I only got it because it had a good write up from someone "in the business" god help the NHS and patients if this is their idea of humor.
"A lot of fun"
Great listen. Warts and all account of what its like to be a doctor. Very funny. I would definitely recommend it.
"So So real"
This is so close to the truth it really made me laugh out loud. As a nurse for 30 years this struck a chord. A good read and in nice sizeable chunks, ideal for train journeys with lots of changes and waits at train stations!
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