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Being a Doctor
Being a Doctor

Being a Doctor

Understanding Medical Practice


276 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

PDF, $14.99 (US $14.99)

Publication Date: June 2017

ISBN 9780947522353

Rights: AU & NZ

Otago University Press (Jun 2017)


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Sometimes caring for patients can leave clinicians feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks of doctoring. As an antidote, this book explores principles and assumptions of modern medicine seldom taught in medical school. Starting with the meaning of suffering and how the "science" of medicine has evolved, the authors use many clinical stories to provide a fresh perspective on the work and roles of the modern doctor. Based on many years of teaching family physicians, the book argues that being a doctor is much more than simply knowing biomedical facts and having good clinical skills. It explores some of the major challenges facing physicians, including the doctor–patient relationship, the "heartsink" experience, and unwell patients for whom no disease can be found. The authors also introduce patient safety and self-care, two important issues for modern health professionals. For experienced doctors as well as for students and doctors in training, Being a Doctor moves beyond biomedicine, providing useful insights that explain how both doctors and patients think and behave.

Author Biography

Hamish Wilson is a senior lecturer in General Practice at the University of Otago. His teaching portfolio includes postgraduate programs for family doctors as well as courses for undergraduate students on community-based healthcare. He has taught and published on the doctor–patient relationship, undergraduate medical education and the philosophy of medicine. Wayne Cunningham is a senior lecturer in General Practice at the University of Otago and also works clinically as a rural GP. He teaches postgraduate programs for family doctors including medical education, research design and philosophy of practice. He has published widely on the impact of complaints on doctors and is active in medico-legal organizations.