THIS IS GO­ING TO HURT: SE­CRET DI­ARIES OF A JU­NIOR DOC­TOR

Esquire (UK) - - Culture - By Adam Kay (Pi­cador)

There’s a time and a place for hu­mour and medicine to co­in­cide, and it turns out it’s closer to the OR gur­ney than you might have ex­pected. Adam Kay now earns his crust as a TV com­edy writer for the likes of Mitchell and Webb, but he started his pro­fes­sional life as a ju­nior doc­tor in Lon­don, mov­ing through the ranks of the Na­tional Health Ser­vice un­til he be­came a se­nior regis­trar in ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy. Along the way he kept a diary, which he used to form the ba­sis of his first book, This is Go­ing to Hurt, which de­tails the ev­ery­day — and ev­erynight — ex­is­tence of young med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. Un­sur­pris­ingly, it re­veals prac­ti­tion­ers them­selves and their op­er­a­tional in­fra­struc­ture un­der con­sid­er­able strain: “I’ve not sat down for 12 hours, let alone rested my eyes, my din­ner’s sit­ting un­eaten in my locker and I’ve just called a mid­wife ‘Mum’ by ac­ci­dent,” reads a typ­i­cal en­try.

It’s laugh-out-loud funny, full of be­hind-the-scenes anec­dotes that are made all the more hi­lar­i­ous by the height­ened stakes, though it’s also a book with a point: when Kay de­liv­ers his sucker-punch in the last few pages it is poignant and dev­as­tat­ing.

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