The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown

The Prison Doctor

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 ...

Details The Prison Doctor

TitleThe Prison Doctor
Release DateJun 13th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Medical

Reviews The Prison Doctor

  • Better Eggs
    Sucked in by the hype, (view spoiler)["SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER, As seen on BBC Breakfast TV. Horrifying, heartbreaking and eye-opening, these are the stories, the patients and the cases that have characterised a career spent being a doctor behind bars. Violence. Drugs. Suicide. Welcome to the world of a Prison Doctor," (hide spoiler)] I bought the book. The writing is pedestrian, the stories mundane. Despite the advance publicity there is...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’ve never really thought about healthcare in prisons. For someone like myself, with a pretty privileged background, I’ve never really needed to think about it. The Prison Doctor has opened my eyes to some of the tasks medical professionals undertake in such an environment, and some of the struggles they encounter in order to try and help their patients.One of the main feelings ...
  • Olga Rickard
    An unsentimental yet very humane account about life as a prison Doctor.A moving and insightful book which allows the reader glimpses of the human beings who are serving time in prison. It is, at times, tragic, tear jerking, moving and sometimes even funny encountering these men, women and teenagers through the memoirs of this very compassionate prison doctor.
  • Mandy
    This is a non-fiction book about the life of a prison doctor, Amanda Brown. There have been a lot of this kind of book lately, and I wasn't interested in them to be honest, but I saw this and thought that I would give it a go. I am so glad I did. This was a wonderful read, and I think it will stay with me for a long time. The book is written with humility, honesty and such compassion, that I found it easy to read and I feel like it taught me such...
  • Lynda Meyers
    This book made interesting reading. Was an eye opener in parts. I hope that some of the stories did turn out as successes as Dr Brown hoped. She sounds like a really caring and kind approachable person. They'r lucky to have her.
  • Natalie Liddle
    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, interesting and thought provoking. It really opened my eyes and made me think differently about offenders, prisons, drugs and mental health. I’m really glad Dr Brown wrote this book and showing the human side to us. Lots of admiration for what she does which must be very difficult. Left me feeling inspired and hopeful which was definitely not what I expected
  • Moya Richardson
    The writer is extremely irritating throughout the whole book. She loves to shout about how much she cares for her patients and how they all "entirely depend on her to survive". It's very poorly written and so full of cliches. Not worth the money at all
  • Lainy
    Time taken to read - 1.5 days Pages - 288Publisher - 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-h...
  • Katie
    I loved this book. Working within the NHS myself I love reading books and watching documentaries about the health service and this didn’t disappoint. It didn’t have the amount of humour that This is going to hurt had but it still had enough compassion, and insight into her fascinating job within the prison environment to keep me interested and gripped throughout. Even after finishing the book I’m still sat wondering how some of Dr Browns pa...
  • Jo
    Dr Brown gave up her lucrative GP practice when she became disillusioned by the regimented rules brought in by the government. After sending off a letter to a medical journal in a blind moment of upset, she was offered the chance to work in prisons. Although the idea frightened her and she had no inkling what it was really like, she decided the challenge and the change would be worth it. She began in a young offenders' institute before moving on ...
  • Kathryn
    If it hadn’t been for book club, I think I would have stopped reading early on because the setting and descriptions felt contrived and superficial. Annoying editorial issues like apparent immediate publication of magazine article. I felt this book didn’t need the novelistic approach. The focus on interactions with prisoners in contrast felt honest and deep. So a mixed bag, enjoyed some very much and good accessible account of why prison does ...
  • Lynda
    Interesting but superficial account of life of a country GP in the prison system
  • Paul Bamforth
    Often dull and with an overwhelming feeling of fabrication, this is a forgettable memoir of unremarkable stories.
  • Sarah Knight
    A fascinating look into the life of a prison doctor. Dr Amanda Brown became disenchanted with the new targets and guidelines implemented on her as a GP. She made a hasty decision to quit the practice she lovingly built up from scratch with no future plans in place. While contemplating her choices and the disappointment at how she had effectively been pushed out of a job she loved, she wrote an article based on how she felt. In her own words, she ...
  • Kirsty
    Loved this book! You can tell the author really cares about the people she’s treating and sees the person they are behind their crimes. I’m sure at times this was really tough, and I’m not sure all doctors would have taken the same approach as she did (although they absolutely should, in my experience with GPS I don’t think all would!) I wish the book was longer... I found the insights into how her patients had ended up in prison and had ...
  • Jacqueline Allan
    Read this in one day and loved it!! It was very eye opening; sad, thought-provoking. I had some working knowledge of the system already but only wish there was an Amanda Brown in every prison. Her empathy towards the people she cared for was incredible!!
  • Audrey
    Absolutely loved this book.
  • Rachel
    Enjoyed this. Is exactly what it says on the tin. Interesting and eye opening. Different from other medic books I've read.
  • Simone Elizabeth
    Loved this. I've always had a weird fascination with prisons and this gave me a good insight into another side of it. I can't read many books in 1 day but I couldn't put this down.
  • Nikki Redding
    I work with Dr Brown, so I was curious to read her take on life inside a prison, compared to my own. I’m also an avid reader of many genres of books and so I have high expectations. I found her book gave an accurate account of life inside the prison and it also gave me a new appreciative understanding of the vital work that the doctors do and how they are an integral part of the wider team. Dr Brown is highly thought of by staff and the prisone...
  • Anna Maria
    I thoroughly enjoyed every moment reading this true story. It was a fascinating read, I admire Dr. Brown for her empathy towards all the prisoners, and her kindness in never judging any of them. I have relations who work in the prison services.I could never quite understand why they chose to work inside a prison, when those inside were desperate to get out. Like Dr. Brown they too told me ''It is because if you can make one small difference to so...
  • Rosie Grace
    This book is about Dr Amanda Brown, who quits her job after a disagreement in her cosy GP, and writes a long statement about what made her so angry, which ended up on the front page of a magazine. From this, she got a job offer to work in a British prison for young boys. She wrote in detail about many of her cases, from the most interesting to the most tedious, which made the book highly interesting and it gave a true insight to the work of docto...
  • cenbookfairy_Tylwyth Teg y Llyfr.
    If you want an open,honest and raw book- this is the one for you.🥼Dr Amanda Brown invites us into her life and career and both a GP and a prison doctor.🥼Dr Brown is a very caring ,passionate doctor who puts the care and interests of her patients first- however during her time as an NHS figures and targets get in the way of what and how she wants practice medicine. A split second decision of quitting being a GP changes the course of her life...
  • Astrid
    I like reading books that document accounts within the NHS. This book did not disappoint - although it was disappointing to read how the author was treated within her practice, albeit not surprising.Dr. Brown "quit" (well, was forced out is a more apt way of looking at it) being a regular GP because of bureaucratic nonsense within the NHS (targets to save/allocate money, that sort of thing). Upon having the account of her quitting published in a ...
  • Malle
    I had higher expectations of this book, especially seeing as I rarely buy paper copies these days. Firstly the positives. The author highlights some important problems with the prison system and how we demonise certain kinds of people in society on no legitimate grounds. Some of the stories are insightful, and she can certainly paint a picture, using good vocabulary.While it's about a woman's transition from a GP running a surgery in an affluent ...
  • Stephanie Parnell
    The whole book felt like it was blowing smoke up her own butt; it felt like she was constantly telling us how all these prisoners love me. The story about her confronting the prisoner who shouted mean comments at her when leaving the prison which lead to the prisoner saying "oh. I'm sorry doc, i didn't realise it was you. I just do it to pass the time" felt like her telling us yet again how the prisoners loved her and would never knowingly disres...
  • Michelle B
    Dr Amanda Brown is the type of doctor we all want; one who really cares for her patients and does so without judgement.Dr Brown documents her work very well making this book a great read.As the book opens she is working as a GP in a standard practice. Due to a change in the way they will be paid by the NHS which will mean that she will have less time to spend with patients and need to ask a pro-forma set of questions with every person, she decide...
  • Ellesse
    Dr Amanda Brown was a GP, working in a practice she had worked to build up, as new NHS targets came in she decided she didn't want to comply with them (Personally I don't understand her objections but hey ho). After writing an article that was published Dr Brown was offered a job at a young offenders' institution something she hasn't had an interest in before. Once she got there Sometimes it was a little confusing over what her role was and whe...
  • ally_Oc
    Dr Amanda Brown treats inmates in the UK's most infamous prisons. From miraculous pregnancies to dirty protests, and from violent attacks on prisoners to heartbreaking acts of self harm. She has witnessed it all from her patients. In this eye-opening, inspirational memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and cases that have shaped a career spent helping those in need. I find it very difficult to review a non-fiction book as the story is ...
  • Joanna Pearl
    Amanda Brown is a GP, but when bureaucracy and targets get too much she starts working in the prison system.These are the stories of the prisons she works in - with both men then women - and how she can make a real difference as a doctor and confidante. It is clear she is a particular kind of doctor - caring and compassionate - and this is much appreciated by the her patients who readily open up to her. They share sad and familiar tales of abuse ...