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This is going to hurt


Some of us might have had an unpleasant experience with a medical professional. We might have thought to ourselves, "how insensitive, incompetent, and insincere this Doctor is." Some of us might have the same impression without going through a bad experience but still believe it with conviction because of countless stories people share on social media platforms. As with many accounts on social media, people think and act at face value what they see and converse about. On the other hand, how many of us stopped our internal monologue, which is centered only on our suffering and wants and thought for a second about the medical staff's feelings and grief (Consultants, Nurses, etc.)?


As a discipline and system, Medicine has always fascinated me, not working as a medical doctor. I never have, in my wildest dream, thought of myself as a medical doctor. I have always wanted to know how hospitals work, procedures, routines, policies, etc. If there is a job I imagined in Medicine, it would have been a Chief Operating Officer at a big hospital.


Adam Kay wrote a book, "This Is Going To Hurt," and the book gave me a glimpse of some of what is going on at hospitals and the Operations Theatre. Dr. Adam Kay is a British Medical Doctor who left Medicine and decided to put together this book after six years of leaving the profession. The book's message that Dr. Adam wanted to convey, amidst the National Health System (NHS) problems in the UK, that not all Doctors should be stigmatized for working only for money, not caring about their patients. There are Doctors, Dr. Adam continues, who cares a lot, feels for their patients, and discard their sacrifices and suffering when they help people, make a difference, and save lives.


The book is about Dr. Adam's diaries, spanning August 2004 until December 2010, in 383 pages organized in 10 chapters, published in 2017. In these diaries, Dr. Adam highlights the suffering of both the patients and the medical staff.


We would have expected that a "great doctor must have a huge heart and distended aorta through which pimps a vast lake of compassion and human kindness." As Dr. Adam confirms that "medical schools do not give a shiniest shit about any of that. They do not even check if you [ medical student] is OK with the sight of blood"!!


Dr. Adam had decided to hang up his stethoscope and leave Medicine to become a comedy writer. His decision came six months after he was operating on a woman in labor. The baby was dead, and the mother was in "permanent compromise." Although that was not his fault, he could not get rid of the "I could have done" scenarios.


I like the most in the book: the writing style, sense of humor, and novelty of the book's main objective.


It is a good book with a smart sense of humor. I recommend it.