True Stories from the Front Lines of Medicine
Dr Tony Copperfield
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EVER wondered what your doctor really thinks about you? Or why you can’t get an appointment? Or what that funny buzzing noise in your ear is?
Sick Notes – the real-life story of life in a doctor’s surgery – may help with some answers…
'We wanted to thank you for all you did for mum over the last 14 years,' said Mrs Cobham.
Excitedly, I peered into the plastic bag. Inside was one small loaf of sliced bread.
'Er...' I stammered. 'Well, that's lovely.'
She nodded and smiled. 'It was the least we could do, doctor,' she said.
Welcome to the bizarre world of Tony Copperfield, family doctor.
He spends his days fending off anxious mums, elderly sex maniacs and hopeless hypochondriacs.
The rest of his time is taken up sparring with colleagues, battling bureaucrats and banging his head against the brick wall of the NHS.
If you've ever wondered what your GP is really thinking - and what's going on behind the scenes at your surgery - SICK NOTES is for you.
'A wonderful book, funny and insightful in equal measure.' Dr Phil Hammond (Private Eye’s ‘MD’).
'Copperfield is simply fantastic, unbelievably funny and improbably wise... everything he writes is truer than fact.' British Medical Journal.
'Original, funny and an incredible read.' The Sun
'A mix of the hilarious, the mundane and the poignant. Dr Copperfield reveals what goes on behind those surgery doors.' The Daily Mail
About the author
Tony Copperfield is the nom de plume of two working GPs who have been in practice for around 20 years.
Couldn't put it down, was well worth the read. Brilliant.
Funny, informative and insightful
A genuinely interesting look into the life of a G.P through the eyes of a world-weary and often bewildered (but still a little hopeful) man who has seen it all. The repeat offenders (heart sink) and one-off wonders (old men with air-fix kits) make your own morale rise and fall in line with the narrator, while still trying to clutch at the ideals with which he entered medicine. Definitely worth a read while maybe making you think twice before bothering your doctor for antibiotics for a sniffle!
As I started this book, I worried that it may just be an arrogant doctor dissin' his patients. It turns out to be a very entertaining insight into his world and the frustrations he faces day to day.
I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions and feel I've learned a thing or two as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and will certainly read it again at some point - highly recommended.