Category: Arts

Review: A Fortunate Man

Professor Roger Jones is editor of the British Journal of General Practice. A Fortunate Man: the story of a country doctor. John Berger and Jean Mohr. Canongate, London, 2015 First published in 1967, this is one of those must-read general practice books, essential for every trainer, trainee and practice library, and one, I suspect, which has been more frequently recommended than read. It has been re-issued this year in a new edition with an introduction by Dr Gavin Francis. Anyone coming fresh to A Fortunate Man, expecting a paean to idyllic country general practice, will be disappointed, because the romanticised hero of...

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Robodoc will see you now…

Elinor Gunning is an academic GP and UCL Clinical Teaching Fellow (@EJGun) “So, in the future, can we just replace GPs with a diagnostic robot?” Is it just me, or do other GPs hear this question a lot? Often it’s more commonly phrased ‘who needs a GP when you’ve got Google’, but the replacement of doctors with computer programs seems to be a recurring theme when discussing the technological future of medicine. [bctt tweet=”BJGP Blog: Who needs a GP when you’ve got Google?”] Most recently I heard this question posed during a Q&A session for ‘The Day Before Tomorrow’,...

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Review: The Possibilities are Endless

Euan Lawson (@euan_lawson) is the Deputy Editor, BJGP. In 2005, Edywn Collins had a brain haemorrhage. There’s no gentle intro to this film; it is immersive as we are plunged into a fragmentary sequence of memories, images and sounds. There’s footage of Helmsdale, the hills and the beaches where Edwyn and his family spend their time, and childhood memories collide with adulthood. Edwyn offers broken commentary, his voice hesistant, frequently stuck and unintelligible. Grace, his wife, speaks to Edwyn, and we can feel her at the bedside comforting him. It’s claustrophobic, frightening and frustrating. It’s also mesmerising and quietly horrific as...

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