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The Secret GP

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Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

Here is an unbelievable journey to the truth of life as a GP, through spilt urine bottles, the patients who should have been in hospital months ago, existential crises, utterly unexplainable health problems and awkward silences. 

Being a GP is a job that requires you to be a detective, relationship counsellor, social worker, friend, sex therapist, parent-figure and sometimes, just sometimes, a doctor. 

Find out why you only get 10 minutes with a GP, why you can never see the same doctor and why they are always running late. This is what really goes on in your local doctor's surgery, through the tired yet tireless eyes of a doctor who, despite it all, really loves his job.

©2020 Dr Max Skittle (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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What seems to be the problem has been done before

The Secret GP is written by Dr Max Skittle (not his real name) in the style of Adam Kay author of the phenomenally successful memoir "This is Going to Hurt". It consists of amusing diary entries from mid 2018 to mid 2019 with anecdotes about bodily fluids and patients who present with embarrassing conditions against a backdrop of Dr Skittle's private life which consists of his wife and baby son and their city lifestyle. Whilst medical memoirs are by no means a new genre, Dr Skittle has tried to emulate Adam Kay's winning formula but unfortunately it does not work nearly as well. Firstly, Adam Kay was a full time comedy writer for nearly a decade prior to his foray into book writing and Dr Skittle's sense of the comic skills are not nearly has honed. Secondly, compared to Adam Kay's memoirs of being an obstetrician, the world of General Practice is, how should I put this, a little dull in comparison. Thirdly, whilst Adam Kay uses his organ to rage about the state of the NHS, Dr Skittle does not think it is too bad and even compliments the government for their handling of the COVID 19 pandemic. And fourthly, whilst Adam Kay's back story is riddled with strains on his personal relationships as a result of working inhumanly long shifts in a hospital, Dr Skittle seems quite pleased with his lot as a comfortable GP seeing patients four days a week. Having said that, the book does does give some insight into the life of a family doctor. And yes there are pressures resulting from unrealistic expectations from patients who wait for two weeks for a ten minute meeting leading to the greatest scourge of family doctors which is self diagnosis using Google. A family doctor is the gatekeeper of the NHS and there is certainly more to it than some GPs make out i.e. either prescribing antibiotics or referring to a hospital specialist. Dr Skittle rightly says that a good family doctors should give patients what they need rather than what they want and should be careful not to be too popular on the recommendation sites as that is a sign that the need / wants may be out of balance. What seems to be the problem is this has been done before, and a lot better.

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I love this book!

Amazing and well descriptive. Both funny and sad, done brilliantly. Really give you an insight into the life of a GP.

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Not the best narration

Whilst I enjoyed the content and story of this book, I really felt that the narrator didn't bring the personality of "Dr Skittle" to life. What should be cynical, dark "NHS" humour, really missed the mark on execution. Nonetheless, I did enjoy listening to this book on my commute to and from my NHS hospital based job...!

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Interesting listen.

I enjoyed the title but! A bit too much pontificating later in the book. Still I listened without wanting to turn off or swap to another title.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

This book was entertaining and informative. It was nice to get into the thoughts and emotions of a GP going about his daily work.

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Very good

Reality liked it. Shows the sensitive side of a doctor, sometimes too focused on his own baby and wife, I understand as a new mother but it was a bit OTT at times. He does seem like a lovely doctor and a really good book. Listened to the end. Thank you

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insightful

funny and kind. as a receptionist in a GP practice I am tempted to write my side of this story.

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Awesome book

A very realistic, fun, entertaining perspective. Loved it! Cannot wait for another instalment. Thank you.

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THIS is going to hurt.

Thinking this may be similar to 'this is going to hurt', which I enjoyed - I downloaded this book. I am very disappointed - although well performed, this book has no life to it. No humour. The parts which are supposed to tug away at your heartstrings just don't hit the mark at all - the subject matter has the potential to be very gripping but even the most interesting stories are told so poorly that it is difficult to buy into them. If you haven't listened to This is going to hurt, get that instead, if you have listened to it already, then get something else.