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This junior doctor’s memoir is not for the faint hearted

This is Going to Hurt is a difficult read—especially if you have a medical procedure scheduled

By Neil Armstrong   November 2017

Despite the bleak conditions, the memoir is full of humour.

Before reading Adam Kay’s diary of working as a junior doctor for six years between 2004 and 2010, I was blissfully unfamiliar with the medical term “deglove”—describing a kind of injury in which the skin is peeled off the underlying tissue like a glove. This is Going to Hurt is not for the faint-hearted.

One of the earliest diary entries recounts the horrific demise of a patient “hosing enormous quantities of blood out of his mouth.” It is the…

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