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Beneath the White Coat

Doctors, Their Minds and Mental Health, 1st Edition

Edited by Clare Gerada


320 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 10 B/W Illus.

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This timely book offers a balanced and thoughtful review of the current mental health emergency and its impact upon and among medical professionals, supported by the best available evidence and illustrated through real-life cases. Recognising the increasing stressors in the role including the impact of the environment in which doctors work, the book examines some of the key emotional drivers for this unhappiness among doctors at work – shame, stigma, suffering and sacrifice – and offers practical steps to emotional and physical recovery.

Despite the obvious challenges and stresses of the role, with the right support in place the vast majority of doctors can thrive in their jobs. In reading this book, policy makers, politicians, educators, hospital managers will be reminded of the ethical duty to ensure that doctors are cared for and have access to the time, people and spaces to remain psychological healthy, while doctors will learn to recognize and seek actively the help that they need, and to support and guide one another.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I Evidence review: what we know about mental illness in doctors. Chapter 1 The doctor and the doctor as the patient. Chapter 2: Special Problems. Part II – The Patients Voice. Chapters 3-11: Special Groups: The addicted doctor. The angry doctor. Becoming a patient. The wounded healer. The reluctant doctor (forced into medicine). The refugee doctor. The transgenerational trauma in a doctor. The betrayed doctor. The whistle blower. The criminal doctor. The bereaved doctor. Part III – Treatment, what works and how to seek help. Information for employers and regulators. Chapters 12-14: i) what works in terms of treatment and what doesn’t. ii) Advice for employer’s regulators and Occupational Health. iii) Suggestions for ways to improve doctor’s mental health and protect the workforce of the future. Regulation and Employers: What not to do, the pitfalls. Part IV Bibliography

About the Editor

Dr Clare Gerada has been a medical practitioner since 1982. Having first trained in psychiatry she became a GP in 1992, and has worked in the same practice ever since. She has been heading up a groundbreaking service for sick doctors (practitioner-patients) since 2008 which has rapidly become an international leader. Between 2010-2013 she led the Royal College of General Practitioners, the largest of all the of Royal Colleges, and only the second women to hold this Office in its history.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Family & General Practice
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine