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4.0 out of 5 starsGood Medical Memoir
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2019
I enjoyed this seemingly honest book. As an retired RN I.felt comfortable reading this book. I hope that it is your p lan to keep writing more and more.
I trained to be a nurse in the early 1970’s so I could easily relate to this excellent book. It brought back some very happy memories of great camaraderie between nursing and medical staff and memories of long hours worked not only by the junior doctors but the nurses as well. The book portrays just how difficult it was, particularly for doctors, to have a “normal life” whilst trying to cover long hours and study to enable them to apply for promotion and how by staying on the right side of the Ward Sister can certainly help. Anyone working in the NHS 50 years ago will enjoy this trip down memory lane as well as readers interested in medicine and nursing. It’s well written and a book that’s very difficult to put down.
(review by Cat, not Phil) Glad it was a Kindle freebie. I'm surmising that those who experienced hospital training and medicine in the 1960s might feel pangs of nostalgia for a time past. Those who are younger and without knowledge of hospitals may well find this pedestrian and find it hard to see humour in some of the situations described at great length in great detail. Richard Gordon's 'Doctor' series is far more amusing and interesting.
Writing as a student nurse back in the 1960s I felt much empathy with the characters, and can vouch for the authenticity of the text. I was always a little in awe of doctors but now realise they too had a learning process to. Why is it that distance lends enchantment to the scene? Thank you, Peter Sykes for sharing your memories.
This is one book I really enjoyed. The insight in to the visitors for medical treatment was so well written. The way he coped with with some unusual happenings career wise was interesting and pointed to what could happen if you hold off for whatever reason. Brillient.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great insight into much of the reasoning in the NHS
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2014
As a current anaesthetic trainee this book was a fascinating read and a great insight into the NHS we serve today; much hasn't changed but much has. I could fully relate to the section about Fellowship exams, the process is no different today, even for anaesthetists in our now separate but once joined College. I'd fully recommend this to all as an interesting and thoughtful book about life in medicine. The final questioning of reasoning to practise medicine really developed my thoughts on my practise.