After finishing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, no book grabbed my attention. As is so often the case with my own personal reading slumps, to completely escape them I need to read non-fiction. I followed my own advice (for once) and picked up Confessions Of A GP, and devoured it! Whilst it didn’t count towards my 2016 Reading Challenge, I have rediscovered my love of reading – and that is far more important!
Title: Confessions Of A GP
Author: Dr. Benjamin Daniels
Category: #45 A medical book
“The mind is an immensely powerful tool for healing.”
Confessions of a GP is a collection of anecdotes from a real-life English GP, working in practices across the country. It is full of amusing stories about patients Dr Daniels (a pseudonym) has seen and treated over the course of his profession, accompanied by tales of his sometimes woeful degree, and first days in new jobs.
As a non-fiction piece, it comes across perfectly! It is funny enough to be devoured, yet potent enough to sit with the reader long after finishing – one thing is for certain, it definitely made me appreciate the difficult and varied work of GPs. Long live the NHS!
This was a very entertaining read, which I blazed through in two days: I think I can consider myself well and truly out of my reading slump. Whilst reading this memoir, I was constantly amazed at excuses people fabricate to obtain sick notes, reasons for visiting GPs and how the NHS manages with the strain. It covered serious topics with lighthearted humour, and I will certainly read the sequel.
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