Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-231).
How not to be a doctor -- Stress test -- Plus ça change -- Modern medicine -- What's in a name? -- The wrong trousers -- Close encounters -- Mentioned in passing -- All Greek to me -- Anna O and the 'talking cure' -- Doing the rounds -- It's all in the body -- Dr Scrooge's casebook -- The itch -- Of cheese and choice -- Let's talk about sex -- Mysteries of the male -- The enduring asylum -- Do not disturb -- Burning your relatives -- The problem with sex -- The art of questioning -- Hot water -- Interpreting illness -- It takes two -- Yellow nose sign -- Dialogue and diagnosis -- Breaking the news -- Careers advice -- Only obeying orders -- The art of not listening -- End of the road -- Escaping the loop -- Impaled on the invisible -- Weasel words -- Folk illness and medical models -- The facts of death -- Care pathways -- On kindness -- Capable but insane -- On the record -- Close readings -- Meet your microbiome -- Opium -- Medicine as poetry -- The breathtakingly simple facts of life -- Monkey business -- Medicine under capitalism -- Memories of the workhouse -- Taking risks seriously -- Three kinds of reflection -- Brief encounter -- Power and powerlessness -- Fathers and sons.
Doctor and medical columnist John Launer has written on the practice and teaching of medicine for many years. Now, more than fifty of his essays have been collected in How Not to Be A Doctor. Taken together, they set out an argument that being a doctor--a real doctor--should mean being able to draw on every aspect of yourself, your interests, and your experiences, however remote these may seem from the medical task of the moment.