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Being a Doctor: Understanding Medical Practice

Being a Doctor: Understanding Medical Practice

Author: Hamish Wilson & Wayne Cunningham
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Key Points
• For doctors in practice, students and doctors in training
• About being a doctor

Based on many years of teaching family physicians, the book argues that being a doctor is much more than simply knowing biomedical facts and having good clinical skills. It explores some of the major challenges facing physicians, including the doctor–patient relationship, the ‘heartsink’ experience, and unwell patients for whom no disease can be found. The authors also introduce patient safety and self-care, two important issues for modern health professionals. For experienced doctors as well as for students and doctors in training, Being a Doctor moves beyond biomedicine, providing useful insights that explain how both doctors and patients think and behave. ‘It is good medicine!’ Glenn Colquhoun

Foreword by Dr Glenn Colquhoun Sometimes caring for patients can leave clinicians feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks of doctoring. As an antidote, this book explores principles and assumptions of modern medicine seldom taught in medical school. Starting with the meaning of suffering and how the ‘science’ of medicine has evolved, the authors use many clinical stories to provide a fresh perspective on the work and roles of the modern doctor.


‘It is good medicine!’ --Glenn Colquhoun

Author description

Hamish Wilson is a senior lecturer in General Practice at the University of Otago. His teaching portfolio includes postgraduate programmes for family doctors as well as courses for undergraduate students on community-based healthcare. He has taught and published on the doctor–patient relationship, undergraduate medical education and the philosophy of medicine. Wayne Cunningham is a senior lecturer in General Practice at the University of Otago and also works clinically as a rural GP. He teaches postgraduate programmes for family doctors including medical education, research design and philosophy of practice. He has published widely on the impact of complaints on doctors and is active in medico-legal organisations.

Table of contents

1 Medicine, Suffering and Healing 2 The World of the Patient 3 The Assumptions of Modern Medicine 4 The Doctor–Patient Relationship 5 The ‘Heartsink’ Experience 6 Models of the Consultation 7 Illness Without Disease 8 Doctors’ Health and Wellness 9 The Culture of Medicine 10 Reflective Practice 11 Adverse Outcomes and Patient Safety 12 The Place of General Practice in Primary Health Care 13 The Doctor of the Future Appendix: Balint Groups Index

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General Fields

  • : 9781877578366
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : June 2013
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hamish Wilson & Wayne Cunningham
  • : Paperback
  • : 610.695
  • : 276