Where does it hurt?

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Summary of review

I loved Max Pemberton’s first book, Trust me I’m a Junior Doctor for several reasons, however largely because it wasn’t as ‘preachy’ as some of the other books you can find written by doctors. Therefore when I first heard about the sequel, which see’s him spending a year working with homeless people and drug addicts I was actually quite apprehensive about reading it, as I feared that the ‘innocent junior’ I had read about was turning into the doctor preaching from his pulpit on the moral high ground. I am glad to say however that I was wrong to think that.
                You can tell Max is developing both as a professional and as a person. Although some Medical Students I have spoken to about the book feel that it has lost some of it’s appeal to them by losing some of the medical information, I don’t feel that it takes anything away from the book. Quite the contrary I think that the book teaches us about an area of the public which we do not often see as medical students, yet are part of the society we are going to be caring for.
                The writing style remains largely the same as his debut novel, with the same humorous remarks to be found throuought the book. At points you can even follow some of the thought processes that must be going through his mind when in some of the difficult situations he is in. This helps the book to flow, and yet also gives it an unputdownableness (I don’t care it’s not a word) that most authors would kill for.
                Again a good read for medics and non-medics alike. This book will teach you lots about a world many do not grant a passing thought to, and opens the door to an ‘undercover’ NHS that many people do not even know exists. If you are still unsure about giving it a go, then for a taste of Max’s writing style have a read of his newspaper column in the telegraph, but take my word for it, you’ll enjoy it.
Review by Paddy Green
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