Devoted readers of Patrick Taylors Irish Country novels know Doctor Fingal Flahertie OReilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now, in A Dublin Student Doctor, Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingaland show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal OReilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.
Fingal and his fellow aspiring doctors face the arduous demands of Trinity College and Sir Patrick Duns Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and play rugbyand to romance a fetching, gray-eyed nurse named Kitty OHallorhan. Dublin is a city of slums and tenements, where brutal poverty breeds diseases that the limited medical knowledge of the time is often ill-equipped to handle.
His teachers warn Fingal not to become too attached to his patients, but can he truly harden himself to the suffering he sees all around himor can he find a way to care for his patients without breaking his heart? A Dublin Student Doctor is a moving, deeply human story that will touch longtime fans as well as readers who are meeting Doctor Fingal OReilly for the very first time.