Doctors on the Edge

Doctors on the Edge

by Linden West
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853435228

ISBN-13: 9781853435225

Pub. Date: 10/01/2000

Publisher: Free Association Books Limited

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.…  See more details below

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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:
10/01/2000
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
60.00(w) x 90.00(h) x 5.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsix
1On the Edge of Story1
2A Gendered Cultural Psychology in Transitional Times16
3Imagining the Good Story: on Auto/biographical Methods29
4Learning in the City42
5A Wet Monday in June58
6The Cutting Edge?70
7Gendered Practice98
8Men Behaving Sadly122
9Cultures of Silence144
10Performing and Underperforming159
11Ethnic Edges170
12Man to Man188
13Margins and Centres203
AppendixGeneral Practitioners, Learning and Health Care in the Inner-City215
General Practitioners, Health and Learning in the Inner-City. Conditions of Use Form217
Time Line/Fact Sheet218
Bibliography219
Index224

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