This is Going to Hurt is not the type of book I’d pick up in a bookstore even if it’s on sale. A non-fiction book written by an ex-doctor about things that happen in the medical field? It’s a no-no. But when a friend recommends a book to me, I am always inclined to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised with this one.
This was a funny, witty, entertaining, highly informative, humane and heartbreaking read. Adam Kay shared first-hand account of what pressures doctors face at work every single day as they struggle to maintain healthy and happy lives with their families and friends.
I get to laugh out loud as I read about the author’s silly/ridiculous stories and wonder what on earth these patients were thinking? Until he revealed the episode in the final chapter why he decided to hang up the stethoscope in the end.
If you are curious about what it’s like to be starting a career as a doctor and how they progress in the public healthcare system, this book will not disappoint.
“It’s sink or swim and you have to learn how to swim because otherwise a ton of patients sink with you.”
“A great doctor must have a huge heart and a distended aorta through which pumps a vast lake of compassion and human kindness.”
“You work yourself to Exhaustion, pushing yourself beyond what could be reasonably expected from you and end up constantly feeling that you don’t know what you’re doing. Sometimes it just feels that way and you’re actually doing fine and sometimes you really don’t know.”
“From the most insignificant of actions can come the most serious of consequences.”
“The depth of the lows is the price you pay for the height of the highs.”
Rating: 4/5 stars