The Tao of Pooh—a philosophy that changed my practiceBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.151 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:151
- Michael Archer, senior partner in general practice
- Grimston Medical Centre, King's Lynn
My mother in law gave me The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff for Christmas, I suspect because she thought my mentality was suited to the cuddly toy of the title. I dutifully added it to my collection of books to read while on holiday, intending to have a complete break from books and journals about medicine. However, when I settled down to read it, on a sunny beach far from my consulting room, I was struck by its relevance to my work, and The Tao of Pooh has made a greater change to my practice than much of my regular medical reading.
Hoff uses the characters from A A Milne's Winnie the Pooh books to illustrate and …