Medicine And Books

Doctors, Dilemmas, Decisions

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1016
  1. Vaughan Smith

    Ben Essex BMJ Publishing Group, pounds sterling22.95, pp 301 ISBN 0 7279 0859 6

    From time to time most of us feel the urge to keep a casebook. A typical general practitioner does at least 5000 consultations a year. What a treasure trove for a thoughtful author. Pickles, Balint, Byrne and Long, Huygen—all these figures from the general practice pantheon, and many more, based their work on the collection of ordinary cases. And, of course, the intelligent analysis of them.

    Ben Essex, too, has kept a casebook, from which he has distilled over 800 “rules” of good practice. (He reassures us …

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