Title: This Is Going To Hurt - Sectret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Author: Adam Kay

Published: September 2017

Genres: Autobiography/Medical




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.


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was my first audiobook experience, and for the most part, I really enjoyed it! It contrasted greatly from the books I usually read. I liked the atypical format of diary entries, giving us quick but insightful bursts of commentary on the day to day lives of junior doctors covering a great deal of circumstances. For someone who has watched every episode of Greys Anatomy (several times), I still found it richly fascinating. Although I enjoyed the shades of sassiness and humour Kay sprinkled throughout, I couldn’t help but notice undertones of arrogance, and the occasional sexist comment. This is where it fell short for me. Nevertheless, it spoke volumes of the gruelling and dangerous workload of medical staff and flaws deeply rooted in the healthcare system; the acknowledgement and edification of which can only be seen as a positive thing.



Reasoning behind me giving this 3 stars: It didn’t necessarily lack anything which would warrant me taking stars off, but also didn’t provide any type of razzle dazzle which would justify me adding stars on. We listened to the audiobook, which was read by Adam himself, and I liked hearing him tell his story. The insight into the workings of the NHS, the patients he treated and the stories of collegiality were interesting, and gave me a few giggles here and there. I just could not help but feel at times that his views and comments were shallow and borderline obnoxious, and this left me feeling slightly irritated. Whilst there some elements were meritorious, I feel as though it was simply a series of anecdotes which lacked depth, and any agenda Adam Kay may have been pushing by releasing his “secret diaries”, was a tad lost on me.

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