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Why I . . . take a lunch break

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m238

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Give us a (lunch) break: why doctors need to eat together

  1. Francesca Robinson
  1. Hampshire, UK

Geoffrey Lester, associate clinical lecturer and basic physician trainee in Sydney, Australia, tells Francesca Robinson why he always takes a lunch break

“It’s important for me to make time to eat and have a break, irrespective of what’s going on in my working day,” Lester says. “I can’t function in the afternoon if I don’t have a full belly and some coffee at lunchtime.”

This is a concept that was drummed into him as a child. “My dad always drilled into us the importance of sitting down and having a good lunch with time to allow it to digest,” he explains.

Aged 34, Lester is more conscious than most people of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, having nearly died three times as the result of a ruptured aorta. He has non-syndromic thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection …

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