Now a bestselling author of fiction, Joanna Cannon was once a junior doctor working for the NHS in Britain. In this short but powerful account of her experiences as an intern, she shares the traumas and triumphs of dealing with patients and staff, finally finding her place in psychiatry.
Encapsulated by its subtitle 'a junior doctor's stories of compassion & burnout', it is a deeply moving and insightful memoir that exposes what happens when we fail to care for those who care for us.
Everyone enjoyed the book and there was some interesting conversation, particularly from the ex-nurses and ex-medical members.
Mixed opinions of this book. We have several nurses in our group and it brought back many memories. An easy read.
All the ex nurses loved it.
We felt there was a lot of information about the author that was missing, relevant to her story, and she made quite sweeping assumptions about the system, based on her own experience.
Easy read - lots of problems arise from it, but few conclusions.
Our group enjoyed the book. Disturbing, but unfortunately reality for house surgeons. Worse in the NHS than in NZ. The author made it harder for herself by getting 'emotionally involved', which she admitted to as well. One would hope the system has improved and is more supportive of young doctors. Glad the author found her 'happy place' in Psychiatry.
Really enjoyed this book, although all feeling overwhelmed at what being a doctor involves! Very well-written account.
More of a diary than a well planned non fiction narrative. One person thought it brought alive the lives of patients and doctors really well. Another with a medical family found it easy to relate to and moving, but not well-written. A wide breadth of marks from 1-4.