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The Art of General Practice

By David Bartlett

Paperback
Apr 2018 , 120 pp
ISBN 9781911510192
Price: £14.99, $32.99
The Art of General Practice is a short text written by an experienced GP and GP trainer. It is a book which will help focus the mind of the reader (GPs of all decriptions: young GPs, returners to general practice and even jaded GPs) on what it means to be a GP. Too often general practice focuses on guidelines, ever-changing targets, incentives or the academic side of medicine and the art and craft of being a GP is forgotten.

The book aims to redress the balance; it helps the reader refocus on the emotional intelligence needed to be a great GP. The book consists of a number of short chapters so the busy GP can dip in and out of it as time allows – each chapter helps the reader re-centre on the core skills and techniques needed to be a great GP, and the benefits these skills will bring to both GPs and patients alike.

There is almost no medicine in this book; it is a book of life experiences, anecdotes and suggestions – all aimed to help you survive the increasing pressures of general practice and make your life as a GP more interesting and less stressful.
SECTION 1 THE CRAFT OF GENERAL PRACTICE

1.     Greeting the patient

2.     More greetings

3.     Routines

4.     ‘One consultation one problem’

5.     Don’t say that!

6.     Only the lonely

7.     I second that emotion

8.     The doctor as patient

9.     “Take (extra) care”

10.Second opinions

11.Silence and small talk

12.Shared grief

13.Dying to help

14.The GP as all-rounder

15.The return of vinyl

16.The best form of defence?

SECTION 2 LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE or STAYIN’ ALIVE

17.Finding the sweet spot

18.“I try to look after myself so I can look after you”

19.I’m curious….

20.Yes but…..

21.Get off the bus

22.Some good habits

23.Go off piste

24.Good connections

25.Tools in the toolbox

Paperback
Price: £14.99, $32.99
ISBNs: 9781911510192 978-1-911510-19-2 Title: the art of general practice