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  • By: Colin Black
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)
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Summary

10...9...8...7...6....

That’s about as far as you get, counting backwards, as you wait for surgery to begin—and that’s all most people know about what I do.  

But what happens between you conking out and waking up? And what does the anaesthetist have to do with it all? Do they just sit around playing sudoku while the rest of the team do all the hard work? And why are they so obsessed with what time you ate dinner?

Join Colin Black on his journey from accidental medical student to HSE and NHS trainee and, finally, consultant paediatric anaesthetist at the largest children’s hospital in Ireland, where any given day could end in laughter or tears—and that’s just the staff.

Razor-sharp and forthright, Gas Man is a disarming and frequently hilarious account of life in one of the most fascinating and thrilling professions at medicine’s frontline, where every day is a heady cocktail of severe pressure, poignancy and profound social awkwardness.

©2021 Colin Black (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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inspired title!

warmth, wit and self knowledge. Made
me laugh out loud especially living in Ireland 50 years!

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Interesting story

A really interesting book about the side of the theatre a normal person doesn’t see

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brilliant and eye opening

I loved this book not only was it funny, but it was eye opening to what the anesthesiologist as they are now known actually do lots of respect for them, this is so fascinating and gripping I'd listen again anyday

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A well-written and well-read book

This is one of my favourite audio books, and to think I nearly didn't buy it because of some of the negative reviews.

Colin Black reads his own story and reads it very well. He comes across as a nice guy, not 'full of himself' as some reviewers seem to think. His sense of humour is a little mischievous and self-deprecating and quite possibly some readers/listeners may interpret this the wrong way.

As he had just completed his probationary year as a consultant at the time of writing, he was looking forward to a 30-year career, with the prospect of producing more literary works. I can't wait for the next instalment!

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Brilliant!

A funny but honest depiction of life as a doctor. I hope there's gonna be a second book!

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Brilliant

Enjoyable, easy to listen, story of Colin’s steps to full time consultancy. Great read for a glimpse into paediatric anaesthesia. Light hearted and humorous insight into the daunting task of children’s surgery.

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Colin (what the effing f&£k)Gas man great listen

Heard interview on Pat Kenny Newstalk. Took a chance having read 'This won't hurt'. worth the gamble. Great to have a smidgen of an idea what he does, get an understanding of the running of a busy surgery, and the daily joys, terrors, humourous events, and tragedies that unfold therein.

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thoroughly enjoyable book

I loved the honesty and the humour I laughed loud at some parts and loved all the real life stories and reality of his diary entries would highly recommend x good job

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interesting

Gave an insight of the OR that is not normally discussed. was very informative and the short stories gave energy to the book

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Difficult to stop myself laughing outloud

Thoroughly enjoyed this 365 day journey, the comparisons literally had me laughing outloud. Highly Recommend

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