Never has there been a more apt time to read about the trials and tribulations of being a doctor than in 2020, when billions around the world are on lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
This Is Going To Hurt tells the true story of Adam Kay, a prior NHS doctor in England, through a collection of diary entries and personal musings. Kay’s book is a page-turner and approachable read for even the most book-averse of people, and adding a comedic twist to otherwise gruesome anecdotes seems to be Kay’s forte. Dark humour emerges even in the most difficult and emotional moments in the book, as Kay expounds on the difficulties of the profession. While the book never loses its light tone, it heavily criticises the way healthcare professionals are neglected by politicians and the existing healthcare system. It is impossible to read this book without emerging with a sense of new-found appreciation and respect for what many already know is a difficult career path to follow, and this is a must-read book for people across all walks of life.