My grandma asked for her "special injection" when she could take no more and the family doctor gave it to her, she slipped into a coma and I was with her, holding her hand when she died about twelve hours later. The style of writing meant the book was an entertaining and light read, but there was depth and much that was thought-provoking. I hope the author goes on to write many more books because his lightness of touch could well transform heavy medical subjects into ones that many more people than otherwise would read. Transgender discussion to which most of the comments below refer.
It was written as I read the book. His attitude towards a transexual woman certainly made me examine mine. He has a patient, a man who was a well-respected married father of three who had got so desperate that he said if he couldn't live as he felt, a woman, he would kill himself. He had all the operations and hormones and still, to the doctor, looked and sounded like a man in a dress. He liked his patient and treated him with respect but as he said, part of being a good doctor is being able to empathise as well as sympathise with his patients, and this he couldn't do.
His patient knew this and said to him that it was bloody hard being her and he should try living as a tranny for a day. Never would I treat a transsexual as anything but the gender they identified with, but that doesn't mean that I really believe they are women. Mostly, I am willing to go along with whatever they want - new birth certificates, anything. But to me they are men who have had an operation that inverts their penis to make a vagina and a clitoris, hormones and breast implants and sometimes shaving the Adam's apple.
That is plastic surgery, that doesn't make them women, it doesn't make them act and think as my friends, no matter that they think they do. When an older woman has plastic surgery and looks really young and hangs out with young women who like her and are happy to have her in their crowd, they don't think she is young, no matter how she looks, no matter if she even thinks - deludes - herself to be so. They might treat her the same way, at least publicly, but there will always be an edge where she cannot cross.
I don't know what it might be, perhaps wanting to go an holiday with them? This isn't meant badly by the girls. But to be young in reality is different and you can't be who you really aren't, no matter how much you think you are and how much you want to be and how much you look the part. And so it is to me with transgendered women.
It does grate on me to hear myself referred to as a ciswoman instead of just a woman, as though it is me that is different and needs a prefix, but at least it means that transsexual women do acknowledge a difference. But ok, I can live with that, it's only words. But there are some levels of acceptance I am not willing to give. Mostly I mean not wanting to compete in women's sports as women. Recently where I live a young man, a top Caribbean athlete, arrived back as a woman after three years in university and transitioning in Atlanta.
He wants to compete as a woman. Underneath the new exterior, he also still has the skeleton and muscles of a man. I can't except this wanting to compete against women as a woman. And until I read what the doctor had to say I couldn't empathise either.
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Now I see how difficult and painful his journey has been to becoming her. And that his passion and talent, now hers, was always sports. As it is team sports she now plays, a solution was possible. The women's football league now allows two men she counts as a woman on each team. It works for the island and it works for her. Whether it will be accepted on a Caribbean level is another matter. But say it had been track she wanted to do? I can see that a couple of my friends might give me some flak over this, saying I should accept everyone fully and deeply as what they say they are.
I could say that I do even if I didn't mean it inside. But why should I be PC just to get their public approval? I have never believed in the thought police. Think what you want but act properly and the world will spin smoothly on its axis. View all 48 comments. Sep 03, Jenny hades2 Chocolate Chunky Munkie rated it liked it. I was struggling between rating this three and four stars, so it would be a 3. Well this book is very amusing! I was sat on the train and had to stifle a few laughs.
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I thought the short chapters because it kept each section short and I was struggling between rating this three and four stars, so it would be a 3. I thought the short chapters because it kept each section short and interesting. In the book there was a couple of chapters about drugs reps, I found myself nodding my head in agreement as to how persistent they were.
Overall I found this book had a nice easy feel to it, but, it did lose points as some of the chapters seemed a little disjointed. Would I recommend this book? Yes because I do think the stories are fun and entertaining. Feb 13, Bethan Watson rated it did not like it Shelves: I couldn't finish this book, I thought I would enjoy it but really it didn't do anything for me in terms of keeping me interested.
I might try again at some point, but I probably won't. Mar 07, Smitha rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was a fantastic read.
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This collection of anectdotes from the life of a GP is written by a currently practicing GP under a pseudonym. All the stories were thought provoking, and most were funny, more the so because it was not intentionally evoked humor. I read this book within a day or so and would recommend this to all in the medical profession. Non medical persons may find it a bit difficult to comp It was a fantastic read. Non medical persons may find it a bit difficult to comprehend the scenario.
Daniels, for reminding me why I decided to become a hospital doctor and not a GP. My hat is down to you and all the GP doctors around the world who find the time to be psychotherapists, social workers and clerks for their patients. Jul 26, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: I found it to be a humorous account of the life of a British GP. I felt sympathy for the GP as he dealt with the red tape of the NHS, as he came to grips with the fact that despite the free lunches that drug reps treat the doctors to, there really is no such thing as a "free" lunch.
The patient story that touched me the most was that of the single elderly lady with no children who was in hospital and not cooperative but just wanting to go home and get back to her cat - it was very poignant, and I could just see myself behaving like her in 40 years if not less! He whinged a little about the system which I felt was understandable to a certain extent with any red tape , and he certainly recounts the most humorous or difficult or flabbergasting or gross aspects of his patients for gross - the morbidly, morbidly, morbidly obese man with the maggots in the folds of his skin wins the prize!
All in all, an interesting and enjoyable read. Sep 10, Hil rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I really didn't like the writer. He came across as opinionated, defensive, snobby, judgemental, preachy and a bit holier than thou, in what is supposed to be a light-hearted, amusing look at some of the patients an average GP gets in his surgery in the UK.
I did not enjoy being lectured on the state of the country, the class system and the National Health Service. I wonder who the intended audience is meant to be, as anyone who would care about his opinions on the state of things would probably I really didn't like the writer. I wonder who the intended audience is meant to be, as anyone who would care about his opinions on the state of things would probably be a doctor themselves, but I'm sure they'd find the book tedious reading as they do would do the same job.
Jan 02, Shona rated it it was amazing. This book allows you to get into the head of a GP to find what he really thinks of being a doctor and it seems he gives a very unadulterated account of how it is. Yes he comes across as opinionated, if he didn't there would be no basis of this book.
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It is easy to read and requires no great concentration but it does give you an interesting view into the head of a doctor. Funny at times, truthful but perhaps hard to swallow at other times. Mar 21, Emma rated it it was ok. I loved the idea of reading Confessions of a GP. When I picked up the book for a great price on the Kindle, I started to read it right away, I wanted to know what secrets the author was willing to divulge to me.
There are a few chapters that are real gems and they are sure to make you gasp, put your hand to your mouth in shock, make you want to read snippets aloud to anyone who will listen as well I loved the idea of reading Confessions of a GP. There are a few chapters that are real gems and they are sure to make you gasp, put your hand to your mouth in shock, make you want to read snippets aloud to anyone who will listen as well as causing a bit of a giggle.
Unfortunately once I had read the good chapters in the first half of the book, I started to feel like the author was being patronising instead of being funny. If you suffer from the illnesses he does tend to not take too seriously, I can see readers being easily offended. I also felt there was confusion with the chapters being all mixed up and in no particular order. I would recommend this book to people who are looking for something light hearted, funny and not serious. There are some great subjects but do not take this seriously. Despite feeling disappointed with the ending, Confessions of a GP does still deserve 2 stars.
Jul 20, Lisa rated it liked it. I'm not sure what to say about this one really. I found some parts of the book really interesting in relation to some of the things that people go to see the Dr about, and it intrigued me that some go just to talk and then when their 10 mins is up they just get up and walk out. I did find him quite patronising in places though, especially when he mentioned something that I had been to the Dr's about and then laughed about the patient.
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The language is a bit strong in places and I don't know why b I'm not sure what to say about this one really. The language is a bit strong in places and I don't know why but I found this strange coming from a Dr, although I realise they are human like the rest of us. I think it's because I put my Dr on a bit of a pedestal and hold him in high regard and it just seemed strange to hear a Dr use such strong language. The book itself has made me wonder whether at times I should just suffer in silence and not bother my Dr, and I'm not sure if this is a good thing if other people feel the same too.
It may put people off visiting their Dr. Some things he mentioned were extremely amusing though and did make me laugh, but then I thought I am actually laughing at what some people think to them, is quite important. Although there are some things he mentions which I definately wouldn't bother a Dr about and am quite shocked that people do. 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 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. Confessions of a GP is a witty insight into the life of a family doctor. Funny and moving in equal measure it will change the way you look at your GP next time you pop in with the sniffles.
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