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This is going to hurt: secret diaries of a junior doctor
  1. Shamela de Silva
  1. Department of GU Medicine, West Middlesex Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shamela de Silva, West Middlesex Hospital, London TW7 6AF, UK; shameladesilva{at}

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Adam Kay’s time in medicine may have been relatively brief, but it was filled with experiences familiar to many of us, and he has taken reflective practice to a different level as he revisits notes he made for his training portfolio. I thought that as a doctor who had worked through years in the National Health Service, familiarity would breed not quite contempt but indifference to this book. I was wrong; the author’s writing …

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