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Views & Reviews Medical Classics


BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 09 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d846
  1. Rob Hicks, general practitioner and medical adviser to Doctors

As I sat in the restaurant with the then producer of the BBC One drama series Doctors, his eyes glazed over. We were meeting to see if I’d be interested in becoming a medical adviser to this brand new programme, and he’d asked me about the common health problems we see in general practice.

Enthusiastically I told him about coughs and colds, sore ears, muscle aches and pains, and athlete’s foot—the bread and butter of life in general practice. Clearly this was not the way to impress or excite. But …

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