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Confessions of a GP - Dr. Benjamin Daniels
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Confessions of a GP - Dr. Benjamin Daniels
Date: 23/09/12, updated on 23/01/13 (82 review reads)
Advantages: Hilarious, easy to read
Disadvantages: Bit mundane in tiny parts
"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
Summary: A hilarious insight into a GP's working life