• This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major AMC TV series starring Ben Whishaw and a two-and-a-half-million-copy international best seller, This Is Going to Hurt is Adam Kay’s equally “heartbreaking” and “darkly funny” (New Yorker) memoir of his years as a young doctor.

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 good-bye 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)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Awesome

I’m a retired ER nurse… this poor guy. I cant even imagine the sacrifices of his profession- and this was Pre-COVID.
Great listen- l found this book filled with hilarious stories, and nor surprisingly, sad and shocking ones… just like life. Real stuff.

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A great book!

It seems like this man was a great doctor but he is also pretty darn funny. I find myself wishing he had remained in the medical field, though.

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Bravo

What a tremendous, raw, comically honest, heartbreaking insight into working in the public health sector. I absolutely loved this book and will listen again. I have recommended it already to many medical colleges.

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Funny, touching and heart felt

Adam Kay is a marvel. He has biting wit and a tender heart. This isn't just a collection of hilarious stories but also a meditation on why so many health care professionals work so hard in Britain under such depressing conditions.

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I could not stop listening

everything about this was great the pace the story the narrator I loved it. highly suggested

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Beautiful and horrific NHS doctor's memoir

Adam Kay, author and narrator, did a great job at both. Each chapter reads like a screenshot of an event in Kay's time as an OB/GYN doctor in the NHS in England. I live in the U.S., so I have no experience in that system. All I have to go on is this doctor's stories, which aren't pretty. The narration is excellent. He conveys urgency, weariness, disappointment, guilt and every emotion in between. It has a lot of humor of the very black and sarcastic kind, and quite a bit of pathos. The book describes medical procedures, some in graphic detail; listener discretion is advised. But it's not all delivering babies, and doing Caesareans. He explains his emotions when things are successful and when things fail miserably. He also explains his feelings about the NHS and why he feels as he does. It was a quick listen for me and I was sorry when it ended. There's a limited series based on this book, and it's one of the most successful adaptations I've seen. If you like books about doctors. hospitals and medical procedures (as I do) this is probably just what the doctor ordered.

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excellent and relatable

As a physician, I can relate. There were so many hilarious and heart breaking relatable moments. The struggle is real and I love that he published this and shared the realness with the world.

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Really funny!

Really funny and yet honest and relevant. I am looking forward to watching this now.

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Powerful

As someone about to start medical school and a new mom who recently struggled through my own journey on the labor ward, these stories resonated with me - the author had me laughing out loud one moment and then crying the next. Thank you to the author for sharing his story.

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trigger warning for docs

I can't say that the author didnt warn me. The title of the book says that it is going to hurt me. And as a family medicine physician who remembers all too well the traumas of the long hours, the low pay, the relationship stress, the guilt from the bad outcomes that I saw during my training and beyond... the story did hurt me.

But through the tears, the book did remind me of the joy and the meaning in our work.

Thanks yoy Dr Kay for telling our story so beautifully. I am energized to head back to the front lines.