1st Edition

The Other Side of Medicine

By Dr. Peter Tate, Sally Irvine Copyright 2007

    "The Other Side of Medicine" is an amusing and challenging reflection of changes and fashions in general practice. Covering various themes including humanity in medicine, communication, and quality assessment of doctors, Peter Tate offers an abundance of personal anecdotes and patient perspectives. Doctors, particularly general practitioners, their trainers and examiners, and medical students will find this romp through a half century of medical life invigorating and invaluable. "This book is a collection of articles and short stories covering a medical career. Some are iconoclastic, the theme of good communication in medicine runs throughout, other themes are quality in doctors and the assessment of that quality but I hope the main strand of the book is humanity in medicine and my attempts at understanding what that is." - Peter Tate, in the Preface.

    Does thinking make us stupid? What really matters? Assessment: is it good or bad for training? What are we training for? Hypertension: a tutorial for our time. A retrospective look into the future. Mabel. The ICE man cometh. Making a difference. Trust me I'm a doctor. Modern General Practice and the laboratory. This is a fine mess you have gotten me into. The pursuit of happiness. Managing the Conflict in the Consultation between Data Entry and Caring. To understand everything is to forgive everything? Depression: another disease of our time. What is the secret of healing? Where from and where to? Waving not drowning. Measureless to man? Good points first. The pharaoh. Smallpox on a passenger liner. A big electrician, a bigger shock and the biggest ship. A terrible illness. Mickey.


    Dr. Peter Tate Former Convenor, Panel of Examiners, Royal College of General Practitioners , Sally Irvine (Author)