Dr Quin: Medicine Man (Biteback, £20; Tablet price £18) is the eclectic autobiography of Scottish physician John Quin. The title is a riff on an old TV show and sets the tone for the rest of the book, where the author laces his reminiscences with a wide range of contemporary cultural references. Aside from the usual tales of medical triumphs and disasters, Quin’s acute powers of observation vividly convey the hinterland of the modern general hospital. Quite sweary, this is a medical memoir for the Trainspotting generation.
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