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Publisher's Summary

Picking up from where his first memoir left off, Dr Tom is back with more of his gloriously eccentric stories. Still based as a locum in his beloved Scotland, he now takes time out from the surgery for stints as a medical researcher, travelling wherever he is called, from Rio to Jerusalem, Vienna to Singapore.

Part memoir, part travelogue, Going Loco takes us on a dizzying journey around the medical world - from the challenge of a make-shift surgery in the African bush, to the terror of smuggling beagles into Amsterdam on behalf of a global pharmaceutical company. We encounter extraordinary characters on the way - impossible patients, brave souls, and more than a smattering of crazy doctors.

©2009 Tom Smith (P)2009 Soundings

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  • Julie
  • NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States
  • 01-20-12

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Would you try another book from Tom Smith and/or Tom Smith?

Yes. We'd especially like to finish this one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Loco?

The part where we realized that we'd already heard what we were hearing. approximately 7 hours and ten minutes into the story.

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A treasure

this is the people Doctor equivalent to All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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This title may or may not be derived from 'Locum'.

Ah the new English words we American readers get to learn! They are all found in wonderfully told tales by Dr. Tom Smith! I'm pretty sure that the title is a double entendre, i.e. 'Loco' as in crazy and 'Loco' as in locum! You'll have to read his first book or this one to find the meaning of locum (unless you are from his side of the pond). I totally loved the transition from country doctor to locum. I'll try anything written by Dr. Tom Smith...in my book he's up there with the best of the storytellers!

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Wonderful!!

I've so enjoyed Dr. Tom's stories, wonderfully read by the man himself. His humble courage in the face of the unpredictable world is marvelously heartening. From tears to belly laughs, this and his first book are well worth a listen. I'm onto the third now.

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Enjoyable Series

Interesting stories, characters and the right amount of humor and history. Well worth a listen.

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  • Ann
  • BELTON, TX, United States
  • 04-30-15

Second Best

This second memoir of a Scottish doctor dealt more with the travel and business side of his practice. Well written and well performed in his pleasant Scottish brogue, it has moments of humor and interaction with memorable patients. A nice follow-up to the first and best volume called A Seaside Practice.

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What an interesting life!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the continuation of his experiences. There are fewer stories of his practice and more of his life in industry but he writes and reads with good humour and interest. I loved it.

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  • Ms. A. Stevenson
  • 09-28-16

Another great book read by Dr Tom.

Love this book and the others in the series. Dr Tom telling the story makes the tales come to life. I want to visit all the places he does as what he makes me picture in my mind is wonderful. His medical tales are really interesting, and well balanced between the hilarious and the serious.