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Summary

The two best-selling memoirs (London Call-Out and Doctor in the House) from London GP Alex Rudd, brought together in one hilarious and touching set.

A man who has injured himself trying out his girlfriend's waxing treatment. The inimitable curiosity of a boy whose cactus has left his hand in a mess. More Googled self-diagnoses than one can count. These are the cases that Rudd faces daily. As hilarious as they are poignant, the memoirs showcase some of the most baffling as well as heartbreaking stories that any doctor and their patients have had to experience. 

Alex Rudd is a GP who now works as a locum in a variety of surgeries in London and the rest of the country. His name has been changed to protect the identity of his patients and colleagues. 

©2013 Alex Rudd (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Xenophobic privileged male Dr is judgey

I returned this pretty much straight away as soon as he started talking about overseas drs coming over here being a major problem.
The vailed xenophobia bubbled to the surface in a few places. The whole 'France would never put up with this yet Britain welcomes them with open arms' bit made me cringe inwardly at the ignorance on display.
The slightest bit of googling will tell how vital 'foreign' drs are to the NHS & how much we all benefit from their being here.

His stories of visiting patients up to that point were limited but he puts himself across as a total hero, going into people's houses, single handedly freeing them from pain, calming and soothing relatives performing all kinds of heroic acts inc. relieving a man with a catheter that somehow no other human could manage to insert.
At the same time, the way it's written comes across as a bit judgemental. You get the sense he is looking down on his patients & thinks of himself as far superior. He certainly thinks himself far superior to anyone born in a different area of the globe.

I just didn't like it. Can you tell?

This book could have been so much better. If he had stuck to factual anecdotes and not ranted his personal bias opinions it would've been alright. I would've liked to hear more but the inner cringe was too strong.

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Returned after 3 chapters

I returned this book almost immediately as if I had listened any more to the narrator I would have been totally depressed. Monotonous is an understatement. The story in the book was probably quite listenable to if it had been read by someone with more than a monotone voice. Disappointed.

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the other side

really interesting tale by this young man about covering gp duties. not sensational just matter of fact , would love to know where he is now

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Fantastic book

Really good book, totally recommend, really gives you an idea of how a locum GP works, really really recommend

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Loved it

It was really good- loved it. The only thing is it was a lot shorter than I was expecting- felt like it was kinda crammed together.