I’ve been reading a lot lately. About two months ago, I gave up on buying new Kobo eBooks when yet another book crashed my Adobe Digital Editions upon download. I now buy my books on Amazon Kindle, after my husband gave me permission to use his credit card for it. This is very lovely. However, I still have a ton of Kobo eBooks I haven’t finished. One of them, which I just finished tonight, is Doctor’s Notes by Rosemary Leonard.
“I’m in the wrong job,” I said to our practice nurse, “I should definitely have been a detective.”
For BBC Breakfast’s Dr Rosemary Leonard, a day in her GP’s surgery is full of unexplained ailments and mysteries to be solved.
From questions of paternity to apparently drug-resistant symptoms, these mysteries can sometimes take a while to get to the bottom of, especially when they are of a more intimate nature.
In her second book about life in her London surgery, Dr Rosemary recalls some of her most puzzling cases… and their rather surprising explanations.
I loved reading about Dr. Leonard’s interesting patients, their unusual symptoms and the creative ways in which Leonard found out what’s really going on. Dr. Leonard has a special interest in women’s health, so women wirh varying kinds of female issues often come to her practice and make it into her book. This was really interesting.
However, I still managed to take many months to finish the book. The reason is, I suppose, that the chapters are pretty long and the stories can get a bit long-winded. I however did like how Leonard wove together several stories into each chapter. It is also interesting to learn about each patient as they move on after consulting the doctor. Of course, some stories remain somewhat open-ended, such as the one in which a woman doesn’t know whose child she’s pregnant with. This is only to be expected, as Leonard doesn’t follow each patient for decades.
Most stories indeed have some type of interesting plot twist, as Leonard figures out what is the real problem causing apparently-mysterious ailments. I loved that, but here the long chapters got a bit in the way.
Rating: four out of five stars.
Title: Doctor’s Notes
Author: Rosemary Leonard
Publication Date: February 2014