Book Description: Devoted readers of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country novelsÂ know Doctor Fingal Flahertie Oâ€™Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now, in A Dublin Student Doctor,Â Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingalâ€”and 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 Oâ€™Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine. Fingal and his fellow aspiring doctors face the arduous demands of Trinity College and Sir Patrick Dunâ€™s Hospital. The hours are long and the cases challenging, but Fingal manages to find time to box and play rugbyâ€”and to romance a fetching, gray-eyed nurse named Kitty Oâ€™Hallorhan. 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 himâ€”or 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 Oâ€™Reilly for the very first time.