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This Is Going to Hurt

Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident
Written by: Adam Kay
Narrated by: Adam Kay
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Adam Kay channels Henry Marsh and David Sedaris to tell us the "darkly funny" (The New Yorker) - and sometimes horrifying - truth about life and work in a hospital.

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships. Welcome to the life of a first-year doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights, and missed weekends, comedian and former medical resident Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the front lines of medicine.

Hilarious, horrifying, and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

©2019 Adam Kay (P)2019 Little, Brown Spark

What the critics say

"Brilliant. Five stars. Amazing." (Mark Haddon, best-selling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

"Darkly funny...heartbreaking." (The New Yorker)

"Bloody funny." (Minnie Driver, actress)

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So fabulous!

Very funny. loved it so much and will recommend to anyone with a medical interest.

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  • TracyO
  • 2019-12-12

Superb.

It’s “superb” in my best English accent. Some nasty stuff is talked about, but, the human body is nasty.

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  • Sandra J. Keck
  • 2020-01-04

A Tale of a Physician's Adventure

Funny and hits home on what really goes on behind those "Medical Personnel Only" doors in a hospital or doctor's office. Medicine is a science, as well as a personal interaction with an individual's private being. Adam has expertly woven tales that share the stress, exhaustion, difficulty, and exhilaration of being responsible for human lives. This is well worth a listen/read. It will certainly give you the perspective of a physician's life. Thank you Adam for sharing your innermost thoughts, and giving us a better clue as to the real person behind the scrubs.

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  • ryan adams
  • 2020-02-24

Interesting! Yet very short

I enjoyed the content. Parts of it is hilarious, and others will drop your jaw. it just wasn't worth a credit when you compare how much you can get out of another book

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  • Briana C.
  • 2020-02-20

Fantastic

This book is by far one of the more real and still entertaining journeys a physician will take. I would highly recommend!

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  • Masha
  • 2020-02-08

Suitable for UK listeners for the major part.

Book is Ok, I didn't find it funny, but I am not British. it's a little dry, however I enjoyed some inside stories told by a doctor. Definitely makes me appreciate what doctors in the UK do, I didn't know they get paid so little and have to work overtime for free.

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  • Rosie
  • 2020-02-05

Not Bad, but Not Great either

I found the narration to be too fast. I wanted to tell him to stop talking so fast.
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  • A Smith
  • 2020-01-19

Fantastic!

Funny, shocking, moving & very thought provoking (in more ways than one!!) Fantastic! A must read!