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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Adam Kay channels Henry Marsh and David Sedaris to tell us the "darkly funny" (The New Yorker) - and sometimes horrifying - truth about life and work in a hospital.

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships. Welcome to the life of a first-year doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights, and missed weekends, comedian and former medical resident Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the front lines of medicine.

Hilarious, horrifying, and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

©2019 Adam Kay (P)2019 Little, Brown Spark

Critic Reviews

"Brilliant. Five stars. Amazing." (Mark Haddon, best-selling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

"Darkly funny...heartbreaking." (The New Yorker)

"Bloody funny." (Minnie Driver, actress)

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Superb.

It’s “superb” in my best English accent. Some nasty stuff is talked about, but, the human body is nasty.

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A Tale of a Physician's Adventure

Funny and hits home on what really goes on behind those "Medical Personnel Only" doors in a hospital or doctor's office. Medicine is a science, as well as a personal interaction with an individual's private being. Adam has expertly woven tales that share the stress, exhaustion, difficulty, and exhilaration of being responsible for human lives. This is well worth a listen/read. It will certainly give you the perspective of a physician's life. Thank you Adam for sharing your innermost thoughts, and giving us a better clue as to the real person behind the scrubs.

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Highly recommended, well narrated

Great listen, especially for anyone interested in the world of OBGYN. Funny, gross, shocking, and sad. Brutally honest. It'll make you never want to be a doctor - or inspire you more than anything to do just that.

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Interesting, but lacking substance

It is interesting to hear Adam share stories from his medical journals but is just becomes a long list of him sharing a story and then learning some lesson with the reader. The problem is that the lessons he learned while being a doctor and the difficulties they go through kinda fall on deaf ears as you know from the beginning that he quit being a doctor. So this just seems to me more of a memoir rather than a call to action for more doctors.

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Fantastic!

This is hilarious, heartfelt and gives you a fuller, more empathetic understanding of the realities of being a doctor. Highly recommend!

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hilarious

I had no idea what to expect -- and found myself laughing out loud many times. Very enjoyable.

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Wow.

This book is not a light comedy, although much of it IS humorous. Don’t give up on it in the first few chapters; keep listening. Americans should take note of the message at the end of this insightful publication. Is there a conspiracy that promotes that physicians are “just in it for the money”? Believe me, there are professions where it is a lot easier to earn a comfortable salary.

When we’re sick or injured we want the best and the brightest to provide our care, but the best and the brightest are not going to choose medicine in this climate. It’s just too hard to confront the patient needs, the staff needs, the hospital needs and the insulting issues with insurance companies (or the NIH in Britain) to justify every order. With experience a physician acquires a sense that more is going on than what the protocols support. So many lives have been saved because a doctor followed his/her gut instinct to order a diagnostic test that on the surface seemed unnecessary. We spend many years training doctors then the politicians and other interests portray them as money-seeking imbeciles.

Great book that I will recommend to friends and associates and that I will listen to again.

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Fabulous book. I’m in the medical profession so I was a little hesitant to buy it. I’m so glad I did!

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Battle Scars

This book was full of dark humor but by a very dedicated young Doctor Who was faced with the most amazing problems. But with his great sense of humor you will not stop chuckling all the way through. Stick to the end because it’s a perfect conclusion

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Riveting until the end

I really enjoyed following this doctor through his patient care. That is until the end, when the author began whining incessantly about how horrific it is to work for the NHS. He just keeps on shoving his agenda on you to the point he sounds like a whiny little brat. Like that, the book is ruined for me. I understand the hardships. As a Paramedic, I am one of the least appreciated personnel in the medical industry. But I don’t go shoving my agenda down everybody’s throat like an oversized endotracheal tube, with its distal cuff half inflated. I say half inflated, because I can really tell your publisher had a lot to do with holding you back.