A Doctor For All Seasons
by Dr John Gayner
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 18 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2021
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at many popular productions from medical advisor Dr John Gayner.
In a career spanning five decades, Dr John Gayner acted as
a medical adviser on dozens of TV and film sets. This led to a
collection of stories that entertain and show what went into the
making of many well-known films. This is an engrossing read for fans of This is Going to Hurt
and When Breath Becomes Air.
About the author
Dr John Gayner trained as a doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He began his clinical career under the auspices of an orthopaedic surgeon in the mould of Sir Lancelot Spratt in Doctor in the House. He taught John and other trainee doctors by telling memorable stories that would help the students recall important medical facts. In doing so, he helped John’s medical training, but also taught him the art of storytelling.
"A Doctor For All Seasons is an engrossing and compelling read, a genuine page-turner. A fascinating, profound, informative and, at times, extremely funny memoir of what it’s like to be a doctor labouring on the coalface devoted to keeping the main players in entertainment, sport and more importantly life in general up and running.” – Timothy Spall
“An intriguing and entertaining account of a doctor’s encounters
with the luminaries of film and sport. It is a diverting account of
a professional life with a difference.” – Peter Ackroyd
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 17 members
A Doctor for All Seasons is an account of the medical career of Dr. John Gayner who served as a medical advisor on film sets and TV. I found his memoir fascinating and really interesting as the doctor flew around the world treating very famous people. What a life! The stories he could tell!
Not my usual genre of book but I thoroughly enjoyed it! A well written book that would be excellent for a Book Club, therefore I’ve suggested it to mine.
After Dr John Gaynor qualified as a GP he worked for film insurers, production companies and actors. Some of his encounters, humorous and otherwise are included in this book. I’m not a follower of the stars so a lot of the names didn’t mean anything to me but I still enjoyed the anecdotes and learning how accidents can happen on set. Reading about his early days in medicine was more my cup of tea. I really enjoyed the section of signed photos from the author’s private collection. My favourite was the one of John Cleese and what an impressive pair of legs he has! This was a very easy read, humorous at times and the perfect read for fans of celebrities and/or the screen. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free digital copy of the book in return for an honest review.