Troubador Medical Misadventures

Released: 28/03/2018

ISBN: 9781788037907

eISBN: 9781789010954

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Medical Misadventures

54 Years at the Cutting Edge of the NHS


• A memoir looking at the ups and downs of a doctor’s life. 
• A ‘warts and all’ examination of the NHS through the last 50 years. 
• The book also looks at the looming crisis in the NHS when the number of doctors will dramatically fall.  

Alistair Fraser-Moodie believes he was probably born into medicine. His mother was a general practitioner working from home, his father was a surgeon & also a dentist. Following his ‘destiny’ he started training as a doctor. He recalls 5 years at medical school learning very little about medicine, but a lot about girls, alcohol and sport. Now after 54 years as a doctor, and having recently retired, Alistair has written about his personal journey through the highs and lows of the medical profession. 

Alistair had many different jobs within the NHS and for a while was a plastic surgeon. But in 1978 he was appointed a single-handed emergency casualty consultant in Derby, a position that is now shared between 16 people. He remained there until 2007. During this time he became an expert in ‘Road Traffic Accidents’ and made many court appearances as an Expert Witness. He writes about many of medical misadventures, dilemmas and curious cases that occurred while in the A&E. 

Alistair also lays bare the medical problems attributable to, and suffered by, the doctors themselves. He looks at the incredible stress that doctors have to suffer. And many of the problems of the health system which have been made worse by government policies. How sick is the NHS? Well read this uncensored account of a lifetime in the NHS which is both true and for adults only. If you read this book cover to cover then you will see why the NHS is in the mess it is in.Only then, he would maintain, can drastic action be taken.

Firstly, let me say I’m not medical expert. In fact, I have no medical expertise what so ever, and yet I still very much enjoyed this book. The book highlights the stories and experiences from the other side of the doctor’s desk, looking at us the patients. Also the changes in the NHS over the last 54 years, and there have been many. For me the most enjoyable part was the patient tales. Some stories had me laughing out loud, others quietly contemplative. It is written in a fast pace way that just make you want to keep turning pages. There are some eye-opening facts about the modern NHS that I found both interesting and slightly worrying for the future of our beloved NHS. This is a biography everyone that has either been to the doctors or their local A&E dept should read.

by David Grey

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