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The Tao of Pooh—a philosophy that changed my practice

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:151
  1. Michael Archer, senior partner in general practice
  1. 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 …

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