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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a well written book for anyone considering entering the medical profession in the United Kingdom. It reads like a novel, but one is always aware that the story is a very real representation of the complexity of medical practice.
Purpose: The authors clearly enjoy their work, but recognize that certain aspects may not appeal to every practitioner. They provide a clear picture of what to expect and how to navigate what can be a confusing journey. They authors describe the process well for readers who have no previous understanding of what's involved. In fact, there are very important lessons for U.S. physicians as we contemplate the future of the American system of medicine.
Audience: The audience is primarily the lay public. The authors should be commended for their clarity and candor. They know their subject well and are proud of their work.
Features: The "Day in the Life of a General Practitioner" is an extraordinary well written description of a typical day and a most enjoyable read. There is also a most entertaining description of the early days of British medicine. These are followed by the nuts and bolts of how to get there and the options a prospective applicant has. The list of references is impressive.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that lays out the history, the requirements, and the reality of general practice. I would highly recommend it for inclusion in school and public libraries to make it easily available for all.