How Not to Be a Doctor and Other Essays by John LaunerHow not to be a Doctor offers a selection of fifty essays that have been published over the past few years by John Launer, a well known medical columnist and commentator on medicine and its relation to the arts, humanities and philosophy. The essays cover a wide range of topics including music, poetry, literature and psychoanalysis as well as contemporary medical politics and (most of all) the poignant personal experience of being a doctor.
The book is aimed to appeal to any doctor or medical student who believes that medicine is about more then ticking boxes, and that you cannot separate personal experiences from professional ones.
Combining literacy and erudition with humour, directness and a human touch, these essays will be a delight to read for the medical professional and the lay reader alike.
16 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Doctor
Editor —Imagine waking tomorrow to find a magic lamp by your bed, and the genie tells you that there is only one wish left. You decide to devote it to making good doctors. What kind of people would these good doctors be? We ask this question often among ourselves—a doctor embarking on his career, an active researcher approaching his peak, and a retired clinician needing geriatric care. We sometimes ask other people too.
Perhaps you know doctors personally and feel like you have a pretty good idea of what their shifts entail. Do you know what life is truly like on the other side of the exam table? We spoke with a handful of doctors to learn about the things they never expected to experience in medical school and beyond. Their insight and firsthand experience can help give you a head start in your medical career. Medical schools attract and admit the brightest of the bright. Most incoming students have a track record of earning impressive grades and performing well on exams, as demonstrated in their stellar academic backgrounds.
Curve balls. Bumps in the road. Twists and turns. Just think about how your goal of pursuing a career in medicine kept getting put on hold. Maybe you started a family.
Mario meets Ken Doherty!
Be prepared to give up your life, because the time commitment is even more than you think. Say good-bye to your weekends and evenings. You don't get to pick when you're working what kinds of hours, like nights, or even when you take your vacations. Even if you decide to be an in-office physician after residency, just because the office hours are 9 to 5 doesn't mean yours are — you'll probably be there until 8 though you will, at least, get weekends — if you don't get called in for a patient emergency. You might not know exactly what kind of doctor you want to be until the end of med school.
A physician , medical practitioner , medical doctor , or simply doctor , is a professional who practises medicine , which is concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring health through the study, diagnosis , prognosis and treatment of disease , injury , and other physical and mental impairments. Physicians may focus their practice on certain disease categories, types of patients, and methods of treatment—known as specialities —or they may assume responsibility for the provision of continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families, and communities—known as general practice. Both the role of the physician and the meaning of the word itself vary around the world. Degrees and other qualifications vary widely, but there are some common elements, such as medical ethics requiring that physicians show consideration, compassion, and benevolence for their patients. Around the world the term physician refers to a specialist in internal medicine or one of its many sub-specialties especially as opposed to a specialist in surgery.
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