The Art of General PracticeSoft skills to survive and thrive
By David Bartlett
Apr 2018 , 126 pp
At times nostalgic, but frequently emotional and so positive, this book is an easy-access antidote to the calls for resilience and the anti-patient rhetoric that seems to appear all too commonly on social media, and is a well-timed reminder of why we do the job we do and how to do it effectively. Pulse, June 2018The 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.
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