Reviews Book

The NHS Direct Healthcare Guide

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7268.1086 (Published 28 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1086
  1. Christopher Cates, general practitioner.
  1. Bushey, Hertfordshire

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    Ian Banks

    NHS Direct, £1.99, pp 128

    ISBN 1 85775 476 X

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    The vast majority of people's symptoms are dealt with at home, perhaps after consultation with family or friends, and they never get as far as a healthcare professional. This presents a particular challenge for Dr Banks and his editorial board in writing a guide “to help you decide when it is safe to treat yourself or the person you are worried about.” Can such a guide lead to an increase in those with serious …

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