Are you the F--king Doctor?: Tales from the Bleeding Edge of Medicine Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Family doctor, Irishman, musician, award-winning author, anarchist and recovering morphine addict, Liam became a columnist for the British Medical Journal in 1994. He went on to write for many major publications, winning a series of prestigious awards; in 2005, he was the first doctor to win Columnist of the Year in the Periodical Publishers Association awards. The book contains a selection of Liam’s best work, from his columns, blogs and short stories. Brilliantly funny, glittering with literary allusion and darkly wicked humour, this book is much more than a collection of stand-alone anecdotes and whimsical reflections, rather a compelling chronicle of the daily struggles - and personal costs - of a doctor at the coalface.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 5 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||21 November 2019|
|Publisher||QUEST from W. F. Howes Ltd|
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It mainly is a collection of writings, culled from various publications and assembled by theme in chapters. These are preceded by the author's raw descriptions of, and reflections on, his addiction, and how he tackled it.
As GPs face all aspects of life with and through their patients, it is hardly surprising that many behaviours and bodily functions are encountered in the effortlessly light-hearted telling of these tales. Like Chaucer, Farrell is not coy, but embraces these human functions and frailties to brilliant comedic effect.
Since each piece (after the introductory chapter) is a self-contained tale, only two or three sides long, it's a great book to read in bed, or to dip into.
To get a feel for his style, here are three of his many quotable quotes:
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.
Pain is a great motivator. Especially when it's your own.
The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is that you don't know you're a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.
It's a perfect present for any doctor, especially if they're a GP, and I'm sure most other readers would find it not only accessible, but addictive!
I'm a nurse by background and Irish by origin so I felt I could relate to many of the tales in this book. So many of the characters are exactly that 'characters' in the true meaning of the word. I feel I know 'Joe' although I'm not entirely sure I know how old he is.
The first part of the book is honest, heart breaking and shocking. It is so well written and the rawness is palpable. It is perhaps at odds with the rest of the book which strays from funny to poignant to vile and back again but when you consider what Liam Farrell was living through when he was writing his column you appreciate his wonderful prose all the more.
I had intended reading this from start to finish but noticed its not in chronological order at all and so it's a great book to dip in and out of.
Thank you Liam Farrell - brilliant. Don't give up the day job, it is all fodder for the moonlighting!
This book, then, was an absolute joy, anthologising the very best of Farrell's work both from GP Magazine, and also from his BMJ columns, plus a few other gems besides. It should carry a health warning: I found it addictive, and greedily consumed it in a matter of a few days, lost in admiration and fond nostalgia for the cynical-yet-caring leather-jacketed family doctor who used to be depicted alongside his GP Magazine columns back in the day.
Farrell made a trade-mark of revealing himself to be every bit as flawed as the rest of humankind, so expect earthy, bawdy humour in equal measure to his lightly worn literary sensibility. You can also expect a typically honest and raw opening in which Farrell portrays on his own struggle with addiction, which sets the scene for the maverick, empathic doctor we gradually come to know and love as the pages turn.
I guarantee you will be moved, amused, engaged, and entertained. Your very heart will be warmed. And probably, like me, you will read the final pages with a sense of sadness that this amazing doctor has now retired. His patients will be missing him sorely, I am sure. Thankfully, he is captured and preserved here on the printed page. I will re-visit him often.