• 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 (417 ratings)

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By: Adam Kay
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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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Hits the nail on the head

As a fellow surgeon now finished with training, I’ve never read or seen a show that so well relates the raw emotion, both unmatchably good and horrific of the medical training experience. Simply outstanding. Brought tears of laughter to my eyes and butterflies and nausea to my stomach, sometimes in the same story. I asked my wife to listen/read it so that she might understand me a little better. 🤣

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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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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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Perfection

Exactly me (except I haven’t left medicine yet b/c something so terrible hasn’t happened to me… yet).
Exactly everything wrong and right with medicine. I’m sorry Adam had to go through this, I’m sorry I have had to go through this too. Power in knowing you are not alone.
Not a story for the weak of heart.
This story is a current day House of God.
Thank you for being brave enough to tell this story.

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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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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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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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Amazing

As an OBGYN physician 3 months out if residency he’ll. I feel heard, I feel seen, this was therapy.

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Yikes - this took a sharp left turn (no spoiler)

Until the last 45 minutes or so, this book was amusing and even educational. The author did a great job conveying his story and there were several laugh out loud moments.
But at the end, it was like the author ripped the scab off a wound that had never finished healing and he literally began almost yelling. He was ranting and raving. I felt MY blood pressure go up so I can’t imagine what was happening to him.
As a first responder myself, my heart goes out to him. This book could have been so much better if he approached the ending differently.

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