Sunday 28 July 2019

The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

The Prison DoctorThe Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1.5 days

Pages - 288

Publisher - H Q Stories

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

Meet Doctor Amanda Brown, a GP who set up her own practice and looked after thousands of patients in her community. When her partners focus more on bringing in money via bonuses than patient focus being number one she has had enough. After a few choices/actions Amanda takes the steps to working as a doctor in the prisons, these are her stories of just some of the things she has seen and done.

From just knowing this is about health care in a prison everyone should know it is likely to be brutal, it is. Some of the things that happen to these people, how desperate they are and some of their own behaviors is pretty distressing.

It takes a very brave person to work in a prison and we see through Doctor Brown and her colleagues the passion and drive they have to do so. This is not a book for someone with a weak stomach or easily upset. There is violence, abuse, self harm, blood, distressing scenes and the stark reality of what it is like giving care to those who are in prison.

Compelling reading, really sad in places to be honest and dark. Whether you work in a healthcare setting or do something completely different I think this book is an eye opener and many people would find it interesting, I don't want to say would like it as it isn't the appropriate word due to some of the content. 4/5 for me, I would absolutely read more by this author or around this type of topic.

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