One day Adam receives a message that his authority to practice medicine is about to be withdrawn. We learn that Adam was an artisan in training who ultimately decided not to become a doctor. The letter makes him a bit nostalgic and that’s why he promises to read his old diaries to remind himself that he has made the right decision. And luckily for us, the best extracts from his diary have been bundled in this hilarious, but sometimes heart-breaking book.
Adam Kay has a wonderful sense of humor. I regularly laughed aloud at the way he talked about the highs and lows of his education. Yet you know in advance that not all laughter, howling, howling can be, because something has made Adam decide not to continue as a doctor. That already explains the introduction. Because you already know this before you are really in the story, the jokes do get a somewhat black edge that not everyone will love (but I do).
Despite the laugh out loud jokes, the more intense diary excerpts retain their sad charge. That’s a good thing, because not everything in this industry is of course funny. I very much appreciated the respect with which he broached these sadder underworks.
The book gives you a good idea of what Adam Kay and other doctors must have endured. In his case it is completely sour because his goal turned out not to be his calling. It has given me a whole new appreciation for healthcare professionals.