In the UK government’s dystopian world patients told to ‘hang on’

If you want to refresh your memory of the comings and goings in Geroge Eliot’s classic, Middlemarch, then look no further than Professor Rosin’s analysis in the June 2009 issue of Medical Humanities. http://mh.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/35/1/43?q=w_mh_current_tab If you want to follow a contemporary equivalent of medical marketplace machinations then you need look no further than what is […]

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Swine flu comes home: a GP’s tale

So there we were, early Wednesday afternoon, preparations under way for the evening surgeries, when the phones started to ring off the hook. Almost simultaneously we got an email from the PCT telling us that 143 children from the local primary and infant schools were sick with an as yet unidentified viral illness. Some were […]

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“Doctor, I’m normal. Can you help?”

Yes, I know patients don’t actually complain of being normal, but isn’t there sometimes a not so small voice in your head telling you that this is, effectively, what’s happening? Why, you wonder, is this person surprised that if they continue to wear tight shoes their corns will keep returning? And why, oh why, do […]

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