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This timely book focuses on the work, well-being and lives of doctors during a period of constant change and crisis in the National Health Service in England This book shows how GPs are responding to their changing roles in a changing society; and how such responses may be understood in a context of whole life histories as well as within the norms of medical culture. Doctors, as a profession, have tended, for many reasons, to hide behind a professional curtain in what can be a very 'male' world. Some matters--surrounding the emotional well-being of doctors--are hard for doctors to talk about in this world where, too often, they have been taught to cope, like 'good men should'. The book reveals the emotional problems doctors face and provides space for them to tell their stories of struggles to become more authentic, and reflective as well as 'effective' practitioners. Included are illuminating insights into what is a deeply gendered world in which many women doctors feel torn between caring at work and for their families, and where men can be absent from 'women's work', at home and in the surgery. It is also a culture too where racism still pervades attitudes towards 'minority' doctors and where emotional understandings have tended to be disparaged as 'soft' in the name of a harder science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853435225
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
1 On the Edge of Story 1
2 A Gendered Cultural Psychology in Transitional Times 16
3 Imagining the Good Story: on Auto/biographical Methods 29
4 Learning in the City 42
5 A Wet Monday in June 58
6 The Cutting Edge? 70
7 Gendered Practice 98
8 Men Behaving Sadly 122
9 Cultures of Silence 144
10 Performing and Underperforming 159
11 Ethnic Edges 170
12 Man to Man 188
13 Margins and Centres 203
Appendix General Practitioners, Learning and Health Care in the Inner-City 215
General Practitioners, Health and Learning in the Inner-City. Conditions of Use Form 217
Time Line/Fact Sheet 218
Bibliography 219
Index 224
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