A Young Doctor's Notebook

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This article is about the short story collection. For the television miniseries, see A Young Doctor's Notebook (TV series).

A Young Doctor's Notebook also known as (A Country Doctor's Notebook) (Russian: «Записки юного врача») is a collection of short stories by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. The stories were written in the 1920s and inspired by Bulgakov's experiences as a newly graduated young doctor in 1916-18, practicing in a small village hospital in Smolensk Governorate in revolutionary Russia. The stories initially appeared in Russian medical journals of the period, and were later compiled by scholars into book form.

The first English translation was done by Michael Glenny and was published by Harvill Press in 1975. A more recent translation (2011) has been done by Hugh Aplin under the Oneworld Classics imprint. The title of the Aplin translation is A Young Doctor's Notebook. The French translation was done by Paul Lequesne in 1994.


The list of stories in the Michael Glenny translation is as follows:

  • "The Embroidered Towel"
  • "Baptism by Rotation"
  • "The Steel Windpipe"
  • "The Blizzard"
  • "Black as Egypt's Night"
  • "The Vanishing Eye"
  • "The Speckled Rash"

Television miniseries[edit]

In 2012, the book was turned into a television miniseries with the same title and broadcast by Sky Arts as a part of the anthology series strand, Playhouse Presents.[1] The role of the narrator/doctor is played by Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, both fans of Bulgakov's works. The show also features Adam Godley (as the feldsher Demyan Lukich), Vicki Pepperdine, Rosie Cavaliero and Paul Popplewell.