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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: John Launer has published his series of essays from the British Quarterly Journal of Medicine. They are his personal thoughts on life as a general practitioner and also as a National Health Service consultant. They are exceptional, from the heart, and equally heart-warming.
Purpose: The purpose is to share his personal feelings with all who are interested - and those not interested lose a great deal of wisdom and entertainment. This should be required reading for all medical administrators, physicians, and students.
Audience: While on the surface it would appear that this is aimed at the British GP, the wisdom resonates far beyond that. This is a book for the American physician and public, exquisitely laying out the real world of a national health system.
Features: As a collection of essays, no additional features are necessary.
Assessment: Thank you, John Launer, for your thoughts, frankness, and wisdom. There are innumerable lessons to be learned and contemplated here. We see the GP as a person with emotions and candor, with personal health problems and family considerations, with interpersonal and professional interactions. We see a dedicated practitioner who is a model for all. The world owes you a debt of gratitude.