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Doctor Behind Bars Paperback – January 1, 2018
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- Publisher : Hq Non-Fiction (January 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0008311447
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008311445
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.68 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #687,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I started getting interested in reading medical memoirs after reading and enjoying 'This is going to hurt' by Adam Kay. I started reading another one before setting on this one but I wasn't getting into it. However this eye opening memoir sucked me right into its pages. I have never really thought much before about doctors in the prison system but after trading this I will definitely be on the look out for more. The author showed lots of compassion to her patients and I believe this is why they felt they could open up to her so much. The book was very well written and a very easy read which I completed in a day. An excellent page turner which I would recommend to fans of true stories, crime, memoirs and anyone looking for a good non fiction. In hoping to hear more from this author in the future. Rated 5/5 on Goodreads and Amazon
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The book can easily be read at a sitting, testifying both to its entertainment value and to the lack of any real depth of analysis. The overall effect is that it is lightweight, but still hard to put down.
Unimpressed and definitely not worth the money
The only thing I'd change is to make the book longer, or to write another one. Bravo. Sarah
After several years at Huntercombe Young Offenders Prison, Amanda moved on to the notorious Wormword Scrubs, followed by HMP Bronzefield. She surprised herself at how much she relished the work and how she was able to make a difference to the lives of those she cared for.
She is very candid about her feelings within the book and her preconceived ideas, which in the main were dispelled. She speaks of the people she looked after with compassion and of her colleagues with admiration. She gives shocking glimpses into the the lives of the prisoners (men and women), how they ended up behind bars and the desperate measures they go to in order to cope. Not a read for the faint hearted, as there are descriptions of assault, self harm and suicide attempts, but none are conveyed in a gratuitous way.
This book is a real eye-opener.