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