Bedside Stories: Confessons of a Junior Doctor
- By: Syed M A Sohaib
Every junior doctor has his or her own collection of hilarious, dark, and tragic anecdotes, and every doctor despairs about ward politics, working hours, and other stresses of the NHS. Under his pseudonym, Michael Foxton has entertained and enlightened with his take on this in his column in the Guardian, which charted his first three or so years as a junior doctor. This has now been brought together in Bedside Stories: Confessions of a Junior Doctor.
The book begins with Foxton's first day as a medical house officer in a teaching hospital in London. When someone has a cardiac arrest, Foxton happens to be the doctor nearest to the call at the time, but for fear of being the first to arrive he embarrassingly admits to hiding in the toilet until more doctors came.
The frustrations of being a dogsbody for chasing up results and the exhaustion of working one