Reviews Book

Ten Minutes for the Family: Systemic Interventions in Primary Care

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:961
  1. Iona Heath (, general practitioner
  1. London

    Ten minutes seems a ridiculously short time in which to attempt to tackle the always complex health problems of a single individual. To use the same allotted time to take on the interacting and compounding problems of a whole family might seem absurdly ambitious. Yet any general practitioner knows the astonishing amount of suffering, endurance, and meaning that can be revealed and contained within a single consultation of this length. Three of the four authors of this book have substantial experience of working in UK general practice, where 10 minute appointments are standard. This deliberately pragmatic book is full of practical wisdom that can be taken straight …

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