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Doctor Behind Bars by Amanda Dr Brown
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Doctor Behind Bars (edition 2018)

by Amanda Dr Brown (Author)

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Horrifying, heartbreaking and eye-opening, these are the stories, the patients and the cases that have characterised a career spent behind bars. Savage beatings, dirty protests, drug addiction, depression and prisoners desperate to turn their lives around, Dr Amanda Brown has seen it all. The no-holds-barred memoirs of a GP who went from working at a quiet suburban practice to treating the country's most dangerous criminals - first in young offenders' institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe's largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. A doctor devoted to caring for those most of us would rather forget.… (more)
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The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

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This book by a doctor working in a large women's prison deals with important and urgent issues and is worth reading for that reason alone. It is a pity, then, that it is not well written. Themes are introduced via examples of prisoners but far too much use is made of direct and reported speech which is dull and not convincing in the way it is rendered, and there is a distinct lack of analysis - so that the overall effect is anecdotal. ( )
  ponsonby | May 30, 2021 |
Read this on the recommendation of a colleague but felt quite underwhelmed. Pretty short book - read in a few hours- easy to read as it's largely a collection of anecdotes, but felt a bit pedestrian. Didn't finish the book feeling that I'd really had much more of an insight into prison health than I previously was aware of. ( )
  Marshmalison | Dec 30, 2020 |
Doctor Amanda Brown trained and worked as a general practitioner for many years but became somewhat disillusioned when the government introduced many changes all to the detriment of doctors and ultimately patients. She took a great leap of faith moved to the prison service and worked at HMP Huntercombe, Wormwood Scrubs,and Bronzefield which incarcerated high profile women offenders and as such was rated the biggest prison of its type in the whole of Europe.

In short this is a wonderful read. It is full of warmth and shows a very passionate and caring woman dealing with many challenging cases on a daily basis. She never questioned her decision to work within the prison environment and truly did make a difference. Many thanks to netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. ( )
  runner56 | Aug 16, 2019 |
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Horrifying, heartbreaking and eye-opening, these are the stories, the patients and the cases that have characterised a career spent behind bars. Savage beatings, dirty protests, drug addiction, depression and prisoners desperate to turn their lives around, Dr Amanda Brown has seen it all. The no-holds-barred memoirs of a GP who went from working at a quiet suburban practice to treating the country's most dangerous criminals - first in young offenders' institutions, then at the notorious Wormwood Scrubs and finally at Europe's largest women-only prison in Europe, Bronzefield. A doctor devoted to caring for those most of us would rather forget.

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