‘Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.’

‘This Is Going To Hurt’ contains short diary entries, made by Adam Kay when he was a junior doctor training and practising in obstetrics and gynecology. It is a mix of amusing stories and observations of patients he has treated, as well as heartbreaking stories of failed relationships, and terrible medical outcomes.

He keeps most of the people in his stories anonymous, both patients and friends alike, and each diary entry is short enough that you don’t get bored with the stories. He also adds useful information in regards medical terms etc

He doesn’t hold back when it comes to talking about how he felt, or how hard and long the working hours were, for not very much pay. It’s a stark insight into just how hard doctors and nurses work, how much they sacrifice of their own lives just to make sure that their patients are looked after.

I really enjoyed this book, I found it to be laugh out loud funny at times – Kay certainly has a way with words! Some of the stories were sobering – you can imagine some of the stories, considering it’s a book about a doctor who works with labouring mothers and delivering babies.

I can’t really criticise this book – it’s an honest and true collection of a person’s real experiences, so there isn’t a plot or characters to discuss.

I’d definitely recommend it though, especially if you’re looking for a short and quick read in between heavier books!

5 thoughts on “This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay

  1. I’ve been meaning to read this – I’m glad it appears to be as good as I was hoping it would be!
    I expect some of the more sobering stories will be a bit tough to read, but it’s so interesting to get an insight like this into how a doctor works and the thing they experience each day.

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    1. There are some very sobering stories, and he treats them with the respect that they deserve. He manages to have a great balance between the amusing and serious though, and I genuinely laughed out loud at so many moments!


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