The Wonder and the Mystery: 10 Years of Reflections from the Annals of Family Medicine

The Wonder and the Mystery: 10 Years of Reflections from the Annals of Family Medicine

by Robin Gotler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846199820
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. About the editor. List of contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Section 1: Primary care at work. Nasruddin and the coin. One last question: opening Pandora's box? A headache at the end of the day. The joy of family practice. Success, regret, and the struggle for balance. The company we keep: why physicians should refuse to see pharmaceutical representatives. Doctors' work: eulogy for my vocation. Section 2: Patient care and caring. Pounds. The old duffers' club. Home care: a key to the future of family medicine? Boy scouts for Henry. Lessons from my left foot. Section 3: Wounds and healing. Suffering, meaning, and healing: challenges of contemporary medicine. Letting the news. Losing touch in the era of superbugs? The decade dance. The face of cancer. Section 4: Connections. A change will do you good. Linking Ruth to her past. On this day of mothers and sons. Jazz and the 'art' of medicine: improvisation in the medical encounter. Gazing at the future. Section 5: Knowledge. General medical practitioners need to be aware of the theories on which our work depend. The irreverent nature of evidence. Bag of worms. The impotence of being important - reflections on leadership. 'Be gentle and be sincere about it': a story about community-based primary care research. The dark bridal canopy. Making time to write? Section 6: Who we are and where we're going. A public celebration of a personal doctor. Health care becomes an industry. The dream of home ownership. The myth of the lone physician: towards a collaborative alternative. Dinosaurs, hospital ecosystems, and the future of family. Section 7: Medicine, society, the world. The island. Si, Doctora. Stuck in the mud. Indication. The break-even point: when medical advances are less important than improving the fidelity with which they are delivered. Ecological change and the future of the human species: can physicians make a difference? A journey to someplace better. Index.

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