Month: June 2018

Incorporating global health into your primary care life

The authors are current and former members of the RCGP Junior International Committee; Sonia Tsukagoshi (chair) Katrina Whalley (former National Exchange Coordinator, NEC) and Bernadeta Bridgwood (current NEC). Global health is an important area of primary care which is infiltrating general practice across the UK. As GPs, we see a cross-section of our population and gain an understanding the wider world from our consultation room. The RCGP Junior International Committee (RCGP JIC) is a group of 16 volunteer early years GPs with an enthusiasm for international primary care. We believe that experiencing healthcare systems abroad improves understanding of patient beliefs, cultures...

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Diagnosing dementia in younger people: A decision-making guide for GPs

Shona Lucitt (right) is currently studying for a Masters in Public Health at Imperial College London. She previously worked at the Alzheimer’s Society supporting a pilot project for people living with YOD. More recently she has been working for Public Health England in cancer analysis. Melanie Davis-­Hall (left) is a GP trainee on the Imperial VTS scheme and editorial fellow at the BJGP.   A typical story “I knew something was wrong, I just didn‘t know what. Maybe it’s just me, I thought, maybe I’m a bit stressed.” “I knew something was wrong, I just didn‘t know what. Maybe it’s...

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Aristotle and general practice: What do good doctors do?

Aristotle had it right when he asserted in his ‘Metaphysics’ that ‘Those who wish to succeed must ask the right preliminary question’. More than 2000 years later, doctors would do well to listen to his advice. Before adopting each and every new advance that claims to be good for our patients, we should ask what we are hoping to achieve by following such recommendations.

We ought to consider whether the answer we come up with tallies with what I would propose might, in Aristotle’s eyes, be a good preliminary question to ask ourselves: ‘What do good doctors do?’

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Delphi and the current path of Western culture

I have just come back from the centre of the world. Not the centre of the earth of course. No, in ancient times the centre of the world was reckoned to be Delphi. This claim was evidence based. If we do not articulate our values and construct a world where freedom, tolerance, fairness and human dignity win the day then the west has no moral high ground from which to lecture the rest of the world. The west has rested on its smug moral superiority for far too long.

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Writing for the BJGP – Beyond Research

Euan Lawson is the Deputy Editor of the BJGP. One of the aspects of the BJGP that has always been appreciated by readers is that we publish a lot of writing about primary care and the profession that goes beyond research. In the BJGP we have editorials and we have more traditional medical education articles such as those featured in Clinical Intelligence. We have Debate & Analysis pieces but we also accept more personal writing that covers the experience of primary care. We also publish articles on everything beyond the consulting room and we have always reached into areas...

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