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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This handbook for U.K. physicians who wish to become general practitioners is one of a number of books that outline how to become a GP and what to expect.
Purpose: The purpose is to give new medical graduates an orientation to the life of a U.K. GP. The authors note that this is a "daunting time" in medicine and then proceed to explain why it is daunting and how to navigate the difficulties.
Audience: The audience is somewhat limited, that of soon-to-graduate and recently graduated medical students in the U.K.
Features: "The book begins by describing the nature of the profession, the "landscape" of primary care and the work of general practice. It appears to be well thought out and honest. Subsequent chapters are very basic, addressing how to obtain a license, professional development, leadership, etc. There are many very good and helpful ideas in sections on "How to stay sane and healthy as a GP" and "medical uncertainty." These are incredibly important issues that new clinicians worldwide must struggle with. "
Assessment: As an introduction for new practitioners, this is a valuable book, with many pedantic qualities and with great philosophical value.