This title has been on my radar for quite some time, so when the lovely Nicole over at BookmarkThat ran a competition which meant I could receive a book from my wish list, at £2 The Prison Doctor was an absolute steal! I do love a good memoir, so here’s my thoughts:
The Prison Doctor – Dr Amanda Brown
Format – Paperback (261 pages)
Publisher – HQ
Release Date – 13th June 2019
Dr Amanda Brown has treated inmates in the UK’s most infamous prisons – first in young offenders’ institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe’s largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self-harm, she has witnessed it all. In this memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and the cases that have shaped a career helping those most of us would rather forget.
This memoir of life as a GP within correctional facilities is really personal, but it written as if you were simply reading a story. The dialogue throughout helps you to get to know Dr Amanda Brown, but also her patients at a very intimate level.
Most often with memoirs of a medical theme you find little snippets which feel very ‘textbook-y’ as the author tries to describe and explain key concepts. But I was so pleased that The Prison Doctor manages to avoid that, whilst still helping you understand the necessary procedures and presentations.
The chronological nature of this book really helps the reader to follow the GP on her journey through three distinct facilities and the variety of cases she sees. This compartmentalisation of the experiences helped me to race through this book entirely in one sitting!
The honesty not only of the patients, but also of Dr Brown’s reflections on the role was very insightful which made this book an accessible and interesting read! With themes of mental health, and substance misuse, this book does open your eyes to the role of a GP.
It was so refreshing to read a memoir that wasn’t full of facts and figures, or had a hidden message/agenda! I gave it a five star review on Goodreads.
**Currently only £3 for the paperback on Amazon!**
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