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Book Review: The Prison Doctor by Dr. Amanda Brown

Sneaking in another non-fiction read this month for #nonfictionnovember! Being the daughter of doctors I knew I’d be curious when it came to the medical field- I’m actually going to a genetics conference this month … so these type of books are my fave non fiction reads!

The Prison Doctor by Dr. Amanda Brown

Genre: Non-fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: The book follows Dr Amanda Brown after she leaves her GP practice following the 2006 reforms. From there, by chance after her article was published, she becomes a prison doctor. She tells the story of her experience working in young offenders units, to some of the UK’s most dangerous prisons. There’s some incredible, and powerful stories told throughout this book. Some completely heartbreaking. One thing that remains totally obvious throughout, is how much Brown genuinely cares about her patients. Each and everyone of them. No matter what they have done/been accused of. Her compassion and love to help people is extraordinary! I really enjoyed this book, it was a super fast – eye opening- read (triggers of drugs, abuse etc).


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.

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 eye-opening, inspirational memoir, Amanda reveals the stories, the patients and the cases that have shaped a career helping those most of us would rather forget.

Despite their crimes, she is still their doctor.

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