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by Patrick Taylor

In a novel that looks at the past of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, Fingal enrolls at Dublin's Trinity College to study medicine, where he witnesses the plight of the city's poor, boxes and plays rugby, tries to keep up with his studies and work at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital and romances a nurse named Kitty O'Hallorhan. (general fiction).
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ISBN: 1410445933
ISBN13: 978-1410445933
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Patrick Taylor
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (March 7, 2012)
Pages: 684 pages
ePUB size: 1596 kb
FB2 size: 1210 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 522
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Having just read the first in the series, An Irish country doctor, I was keen to read more. This is a flashback to the 30s in Dublin when Dr. O'Reilly was a student. The Dublin scene is well described and the relationship with his parents develops well. As a non-medic, I found perhaps a little too much emphasis on the details of medical procedures, but this is made up for by the well-developed characters of the other students and patients.
Looking forward to the next book in the series which I have already downloaded.
I've come to admire Patrick Taylor's Dr. Fingal O'Reilly in his later years as a gruff but soft-hearted county Doctor in Northern Ireland. How refreshing to get this chance to look back into his past, to the early 1930s when, against the wishes of his academic father, he paid his way through Dublin's Trinity Medical School after serving in the Royal Navy. The book captures O'Reilly's years of clinical instruction so well and underscores how primitive medicine at the time was. Fingal and his fellow students faced diseases like tuberculosis, cancer, cirrhosis and heart failure with the most basic of treatments that often failed due to limited understanding of the disease pathophysiology and the even more limited availability of successful treatments, including the most basic of antibiotics that we sadly overuse today! Complicating the situation is the condition of the city in which they practice. Still reeling from the Irish Revolution, Dublin is
made up largely of impoverished neighborhoods where disease runs rampant because of the poor sanitation and the inability of its tenants to improve their lot in life. The courses are grueling and aimed at hardening the students against the disease and death they will certainly encounter, but Fingal finds a way to distance himself while still caring for his patients, a lesson that becomes startlingly important when tragedy strikes his own family. Through it all, he finds time to play rugby and court a beautiful young nurse, but Fingal must ultimately choose what is most important to him and sacrifice other things in life to make his dream a reality.

Each of Taylor's Irish Country books has touched my heart and this is no exception. I really enjoyed seeing Fingal as a young man and learning about the experiences that shaped him into the man we know now. I was delighted to realize how similar he was as a young doctor to Barry, his assistant in Ballybucklebo. I also liked learning about O'Reilly's early courtship of Kitty O'Hallorhan, for it gives real body to their current relationship and makes the reader realize how rich a history they share. Some reviewers have commented on the "excess" of medical terminology, but a book about a medical student without these passages would certainly be an incomplete portrait. Too, Taylor does a very good job of explaining the medical terms he uses with layman's language, making even the most obscure words clear. I value the book most for making me grateful for the advances in medicine that have been made since Fingal's days in school. How awful it must have been to feel unable to treat even the simplest infections - to watch patients die when you knew what was ailing them but just couldn't do anything about it. How blessed we are to live in an age of antibiotics, MRIs, robotic surgery and so much more. I was also touched by Fingal's interactions with his patients and the respect and care that he showed them. That is what makes medicine so rewarding and it makes me, as a pathologist, regret just a tiny little bit that I don't have the chance to have that same interaction with people daily. Though my work is rewarding, the life of a country doctor, with its close ties to patients and their families, is certainly made to look even more so by this book. All in all, I can't say enough in praise of the book and I highly recommend it, especially to those in the medical profession or those considering a career in healthcare! It will certainly bolster your resolve!
I was a bit sceptical about purchasing this book. I wasn't thrilled with "An Irish Cuontry Girl" so I wasn't sure how I'd like another prequel. I loved this one. Fingal O'Reilly comes across as a dedicated doctor from the first time he steps onto the wards. It shows how he met and became involved with Kitty O"Halleron. In order to make the transition, the book begins with one of Fingal's patients having a motorbike accident and being taken to the hospital. Fingel and Kitty accompany the patient. During the night of waiting for results for his patient, and the surgery outcome, Fingal relives various moments in his early medical student days in Dublin. The transitions are seamless and effortlessly moves from past to present. The shining moment is when Fingal who has argued with his father about becoming a doctor makes peace with his father. His father is a no nonsense type of man who demands to be called Father. He wanted Fingal to become a scientist as he was, but Fingal said he had to become a doctor. In order to finance his way to medical school, he enlisted in the Royal Nacy. His father is a Father with a capital "F". When his father becomes ill, the father admits that he is proud of Fingal for sticking to his guns so to speak and becoming a doctor. What I also found fascinating was the old time medical techniques that were common in the 1930's.

This is a book worth owning so it can be reread again and again.
I have read all of Taylor's books. My favorites being the An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Girl and this book. I really liked learning more about O'Reilly and why he acts the way he does with others in his town of Ballybucklebo. Taylor added some interesting medical details from the 30's into the story and discussed his close friendship with 3 other doctors, 2 of who appear in other stories. He also discusses his beginning relationship with Kitty. I personally feel this is probably his best written story of the series. I enjoyed An Irish Country Doctor for the humor, the Irish Country Girl for the story of Kinky and Irish myths and folklore. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read at least the first book in this series.
For anyone who has read a Patrick Taylor book, this should not disappoint. I have read all of his previous works and loved all of them. I've become very fond of Irish Fiction and this definitely rates up there and in fact, probably replaces my love of Maeve Binchy novels although those are darn good as well. We finally get a detailed glimpse into the life of Doctor Fingal O'Reilly as a medical student and what his home life was all about. I also learned that he wasted all together too much time messing up his relationship with Kitty (men!). Fortunately, as we all know, he finally gets that part of his life right. It is thru this journey into his life as a medical student that one comes to fully appreciate the man he has become and one whom I think a lot of women would love to meet in a cozy little Irish Pub. I can't wait for the next chapter in the life of Dr's Fingal O'Reilley and Barry Laverty.