Country Doctor: Tales of a Rural GP
- By: Bella Dave
Michael Sparrows book is a hilarious collection of real life anecdotes from 25 years in medicine. He starts with his advice for prospective general practitioners, which includes practising self catheterisation to understand what it can be like to deal with health service administrators. He then goes on to describe the ups and downs of slippery medical career ladders.
He takes the reader through his medical school days, along with a commentary on London medical schools that is bound to bring a snigger to those in the know. The accounts of his drunken exploits will be familiar to many medical students and extend from pub crawls to the delivery of a baby while under the influence on elective in South Africa. He goes on to recall his experiences as a doctor, starting with his arrival on the wards. When asked to write up some fluids by the nurse on his first