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How Not to be a Doctor: And Other Essays (Hardback)
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How Not to be a Doctor: And Other Essays (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 14/06/2018
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How Not to Be A Doctor is a selection of essays by John Launer, doctor and medical columnist, on the practice and teaching of medicine. Taken together, they set out an argument that being a doctor - a real doctor - should mean being able to draw on every aspect of yourself, your interests, and your experiences, however remote these may seem from the medical task of the moment.

Originating from the popular columns Launer has written for medical journals over his career, the more than fifty essays cover a range of topics including music, poetry, literature, and psychoanalysis, as well as contemporary medical politics and the personal experiences of being a doctor. From lessons on what they don't teach you in medical school, to a story of the imagined conversation between two prehistoric medical men, to the author's poignant account of being a patient himself as he received treatment for a life-threatening illness, the essays in How Not to Be a Doctor combine erudition with humour, candour, and the human touch. They show how, in medicine, you cannot separate personal experiences from professional ones, in short stories and reflections that will inform and entertain readers on both ends of the stethoscope.

Publisher: Prelude
ISBN: 9780715652145
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An all-round excellent book, which would appeal to a wide range of healthcare professionals and students... a light-hearted way of looking at serious subjects'

* BMA Panel of Judges *

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Linda Hepworth

“Eloquent, compassionate and thought-provoking. ”

In this collection of fifty four essays John Launer explores a wide range of topics, and dilemmas, which confront doctors, and their patients, during the practice of medicine. A central theme is that doctors need to... More

Hardback edition
4th February 2018
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Emma b Books

“Short Interesting Reads”

A series of short essays written by the author over many years, some humorous, some serious, all thought provoking.

This is a great book to dip into, with essay titles that are inviting and varied. The essays are... More

Hardback edition
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17th June 2018
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