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Book review: The Bad Doctor by Dr Ian Williams

Dr Emma Watts loved this detailed graphic novel about heartsink patients and partners

Half an hour into this brilliant graphic novel, my husband complained that my chortling and smirking was putting him off his film.

From the outset the cartoon depictions of the frustrations of general practice struck a chord with me, and the tiny details within the pictures only added to my amusement.

As we get to know more about the darker side of the lead character, ‘Dr Iwan James’, the author’s talent at transcribing themes through his artwork becomes very clear.

Any GP will recognise the heartsink patients and the partnership issues in the book, and will be willing it to end well for Dr James. I loved it - a great antidote to a bad day at work.

Dr Emma Watts is a GP in Surrey.

Readers' comments (5)

  • What's a "heartsink patient" Emma? Do tell.

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  • If you are at the coalface of the NHS you will know what a heartsink patient is

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  • Drachula

    A heartsink is the person you can't help, no matter what you do, and who can make you feel bad about yourself as a result, i.e. a heartsink.
    You just have to believe they get something out of the interaction and you've done your job.

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  • Strangely enough the 'heartsinks' were the most grateful patients when I retired! Perhaps we achieve more than we think!

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