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I dunno ...the doctor and I just didn't bond, as she came across a bit too self-impressed for me. Guess she realizes that "sex sells", since the first case is about a man's disappearing penis, with others focusing on pregnancy (three patients, same father), a "routine" pap smear that turned out more difficult than expected due to multiple piercings ("... like a scrapyard down there."), and one where a woman learns NOT to mix Dettol (US: Lysol, I think) in her bath water.
Not sorry I bought it, but not sorry the first book isn't available as an audio either. This was plenty. Afterwards, I watched a clip of Dr. Leonard, finding the narrator got the voice down nearly exactly.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Somebody who hasn't worked in the NHS, specifically in Primary Care in GP surgeries
Has Doctor's Notes put you off other books in this genre?
I am a retired Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner of 20 years experience who misses her career and who loves a bit of a reminder of what used to be. However, if any of the GP's I worked with had this attitude, I would have reported them to the BMA! I'm not sure if it was the slightly arch and hectoring delivery but Dr Leonard came across as judgemental, bullying and as having scant regard for confidentiality within the practice. I'm pretty sure that this would not be the case in real life but I was concerned that anyone listening to this who had similar problems would be put off seeing their own GP for fear of the above. Additionally, I felt that Dr Leonard expressed shock and surprise at incidents which are quite common occurrences in General Practice, and that if she really had worked in a Sexual Health clinic in London for some years then she had retained a very low shock threshold! The stereotypical characterisations of "gay sexual experimenter" and "overweight drinker" and "hippy with piercings" et al felt, at times almost offensive. I felt disheartened by this book whereas other books in this genre make me nostalgic or teach me things I did not know. I like to be moved by the care and concern that health care professionals feel for their clients, not invited to laugh at the "stupidity" of people who are overweight, or have sexual or other health problems. In other places it came across as a (very) thinly disguised government health promotion message.
How could the performance have been better?
I felt that that Kirsty Besterman portrayed Dr Leonard as being quite cold, brisk and superior, and this may have skewed the tone of the book. There was little warmth in the tone, the accent was very traditional "cut glass RP" and I felt it detracted from any intimacy about the anecdotes. I pride myself on speaking properly but this tone just put my back up from the first.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I suppose if the reader had little or no knowledge about the basics of healthy living and looking after oneself then it may be informative, but I have read many better examples of this genre.
Any additional comments?
If you are suffering from a health issue which is causing you embarrassment, please don't be put off by this book. The vast, vast majority of GP s and health professionals are warm, sympathetic, non-judgemental and have iron-clad respect for your confidentiality. And are really not as shockable as Dr Leonard seems to be.
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Narration perfectly encapsulated the unfortunately condescending dialogue. Stories illustrate authors moralistic superior attitude. Want to relive appointments with that one Dr who can't see past their own piety and treat you as a human being? Listen to this!