“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Dr. Benjamin Daniels / ISBN: 1906321884 / Publication Date: 2010 / Publisher: Friday Project „
I first became interested in this book after reading a review about it. The whole 'doctor' thing has always fascinated me and so I was really curious to see what this book was about. I had thought that the book would be a collection of true stories only and so was surprised to see that it is actually about what life as a doctor is like as a whole.
I thought that the doctor/writer of this book came across as being really arrogant. I also found that he came across as being quite bossy. He tries to make out that he is a nice guy when in reality he is just horrible- it's as though he thinks his job is some kind of joke. He doesn't come across as being likeable at all. He talks to the reader as though they are stupid and as though he is some super-hero (of course doctor's are superheroes - but he seems to think he is a superhero and everyone else is just dumb).
I have two views on this book. One side of me thinks it's great to be able to have an insight into what life as a doctor is like; the other side of me feels a bit annoyed that a doctor would write a book like this. I mean it tries to be serious and funny at the same time which I find just doesn't work. He talks about all the 'serious stuff' and then he has the silly stories - to me it either should have been a serious book about being a doctor or a book of silly stories rather than a mixture of both as it gave me the impression that his job is just one big 'laugh' at the patients' expense.
Parts of the book make me laugh and other parts made me angry. I mean it is quite a funny book but yet I felt really sorry for some of the patients mentioned in this book. Also I felt that some information revealed in this book was a bit too far; for example the parts about how the NHS works such as doctors think about how much it is going to cost to send you to a specialist before thinking about whether you are actually really desperate to see a specialist which makes it seem a bit unfair really. Whilst at the same time I kind of appreciated the fact that he was willing to share 'secrets' with us. So as you can see I have a lot of mixed views regarding this book.
The book has certainly changed my perception of doctors. Before I used to think of them as 'doctors' and being 'amazing' - so having read this book and actually realising that they are actual 'human beings' makes me feel a bit uneasy. The doctor in this book seems to treat his job as some kind of joke. From the patient's side of the fence, I definitely feel a bit uncomfortable after reading this book.
Even though the doctor/writer has changed the names of patients etc in this book I still think that it is a bit of a breach of confidentiality. I mean, it has certainly made me think twice about what I tell my doctor in future - especially if they are going to write a book like this. I know I was interested to read this book, but it has certainly changed my perception of doctors.
Whilst I did enjoy parts of this book, I did feel that the doctor's aim was mainly to educate the reader on how to avoid annoying doctors and giving them advice on how to be a 'perfect patient'. It all seemed a bit too patronising for my liking; I got the impression from this doctor that all patients are just a pain in the neck which annoyed me a bit to be honest.
One thing which I did like about this book was the short chapters. They made the book easy to read - the book is quite fast paced. However, having said that, even though I liked the fact that the chapters were 'short and sweet' I did feel that some of them were too short and could have been a bit longer.
I did find that as the book went on I got a bit bored as it became very samey and repetitive. The chapters were similar and there wasn't really that much 'juicy bits' to it to be honest. It became a bit bland after a while and I found myself skipping chapters.
I was surprised to see that the book is written in quite a 'simple format'. Being a doctor, I had expected the writer to have used 'big words' which we wouldn't understand, and yet the style of writing is very easy to read - I didn't need a dictionary to look up certain words which was what I had expected. Whilst the book itself doesn't require much thinking when reading it (which means that it is a great book for light reading - one you can dip in and out of) - I did think that the book was very thought provoking.
All in all would I recommend this book? In a way yes as I did find it interesting reading about what it is like to be a doctor as it has always been a profession which I have been curious about. However, on the other hand, I did find it to be a bit annoying as the doctor is very arrogant. Perhaps if a nice doctor had written this book in a more friendly and less arrogant way then I may have enjoyed it more.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I bought this book from my iPad as I was, like many, intrigued by the title and write up. This book was funny almost start to finish. It may seem a bit daft, but I never actually visited my GP and thought about the many people who he had seen before me, and also how compared to many, most medical problems aren't even embarrassing! My GP sometimes appears to be made of stone, this shows you the other side, as well as being incredibly funny and well written, this book also gives you an insight to the struggles GPS, and all NHS employees face, it's factual, but without being boring. I read this book within three days and literally couldn't put it down, it goes into education, bribes, patients, personal life of the GP and shows many aspects of the job you would not even begin imagine is part of being a GP. There really are some crazy patients out there! Trust me, you really will have more respect for your GP after reading this book. If not only for the insight to the patients, it's definitely worth a read for the factual insight given first hand. As an employee of the NHS, I can fully relate to the majority of these stories, but some still shocked me! Brutally honest, hilarious and easy read!
~~Confessions of a GP~~
"THE UK'S BESTSELLING EBOOK OF 2011. 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." (Product description from amazon.co.uk)
I purchased this book on my Kindle; I have previously read similar books such as Blood, Sweat and Tea so I thought this book would be right down my street. I have wanted to be a paramedic or have some form of career in the health care sector but unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control I have been unable as yet to fulfil these dreams. I therefore, find books like this a great insight and also enjoyable to read as I feel like I can get more (honest) information from these than I would from a careers book, plus they always show the good and the bad side to the job alongside the hilarious points.
This book definitely changed my stereotypical views on GPs, I previously viewed them as more mature men with a lack of humour and an altogether nerdy appearance. The only one confirmed by this book is the latter, Ben Daniels, is in his 30s, slightly geeky but incredibly funny, the way he recalls specific events had me genuinely laughing out loud, something I don't get very often when reading a book. The story shows you Dr Daniels daily routine and some of his more memorable patients; you won't believe what he has had to contend with in the form of a patient! There are aspects of the book which are slightly mundane where he goes into detail about the profession its self and it slightly retracts from the overall greatness of the book, however it does have purpose although I feel he could have wrote these parts in a more interesting way. Each chapter follows a different aspect of his career whether it is a specific patient or a particular role he has played in the health care sector. The chapters are short and straight to the point, they tell the specific memory in a concise way yet you do not miss anything, this is a good book if you do not have time to read it all in one as you can simply dip in and out of it when you have chance. However, in saying this I found this book incredibly difficult to put down once I had begun.
Personally, I feel for his patients! Fancy picking this book up reading one of the extracts and thinking **** that's me! Luckily all names are changed for confidentiality reasons and of course to stop Dr Daniels receiving a nasty law suit (it's not like he can't afford it on a 60k salary!). However, it does make you worry slightly if you have been to the GP and discussed intimate details and they have been discussed in a book, it would make you think twice about disclosing information in the future. Some of the stories are hard to believe they are that far out there, such as the chapter on the woman who has illicit dreams of Tom Jones. Personally, I cannot understand the attraction and secondly why on earth would you disclose this information with a man you go to see about a sniffle!
This book would suit a great majority of people due to its comic nature, and it will definitely make you think twice about what you actually discuss with your doctor, seen as though in this story there are tales of teenage sex, infidelity, anger, death and many other issues. I am going to award this book 5 stars as it had me hooked the whole way through and I am definitely going to try more books which are similar such as "confessions of a male nurse".
This book can be purchased from many online/high-street retailers. I however purchased this on Amazon in the Kindle edition for 99p which I feel was an absolute bargain. If you do not own a Kindle then you can purchase this book in paperback also off Amazon for £7.99 or from an Amazon trader from £2.99.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (27 Oct 2011)
Review also under the same username at Ciao
=== The story ===
This is a book by a GP. Dr. Benjamin Daniels is his pseudonym allowing him to write about his patients, and his funny stories, without getting struck off for breaching patient confidentiality.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk. The paperback is currently £4.99 (October 2011) and the Kindle version is just 99p (including VAT) which is fantastic value for money.
=== Overall opinion ===
I was first drawn to this as it was in the top 100 Kindle books for a short period of time, from what I can remember. The price was the second factor that I had to consider as I am always on a budget lately and then I saw this was just 99p and decided it was definitely worth a purchase.
This is quite a simple book to describe. There are lots of very small chapters, some running at just 1 or 2 pages, and each one refers to a patient or a memory that the Doctor has. The topics covered are varied, as I am sure there is a lot of variety for a doctor in the types of illnesses and diseases that they see, and this makes for a highly entertaining book. I actually learnt a few useful phrases and pieces of information from reading this book. Some of the topics touched on included HIV, Cancer and then some less serious illnesses such as common colds and flu.
The Doctor talks quite in depth about certain things throughout the book such as mentioning how pushy drug representatives can be and how some Doctors behave in a manner that they probably shouldn't. But then again, this is a little hypocritical considering he has wrote a book about some of his patients that could potentially allow one or two of them to be identified. Dr. Daniels does give a real insight in to how hard it must be, at times, to be a GP or a Doctor in general, what would you do if you had a man who presented himself with signs of HIV and he had a wife & daughter that he had clearly not told? Fortunately when he found himself in this unfortunate situation the wife and daughter happened to visit the surgery and he was able to mention about the HIV symptoms and arrange testing for them both. This would be a huge dilemma for anyone to think that someone could potentially hide such a deadly disease from their wife and child.
I really enjoyed this book and found that at 327 pages (on a Kindle) it was the ideal size for a couple of days 'light' reading. I was able to pick this up and put this down whenever I wanted as the chapters were very short. This made it ideal for reading while drying my hair, painting my nails or any of the other small beauty tasks I do on an almost daily basis and even just reading a little here and there I was able to complete this book in just a few days.
If you are interesting in reading a funny, witty book about some of the patients a GP will see and perhaps learning a little more about the lengths that they go to when working in a surgery then this is the book for you. I think that next time I am waiting at my GP's office for 40 minutes past my appointment time I might be a little more understanding about why they don't always run on time and how some patients are complete time wasters who never stick to their 10 minute slot.