The Foundations of Primary Care: Daring to be Different

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2007 - Medical - 217 pages
This work contains foreword by Ian R McWhinney, Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine University of Western Ontario, Canada. This ground-breaking book encourages a re-focus on the subjective and social nature of health and illness. It helps healthcare professionals find fresh perspectives to assist patients, many of whom are threatened by and lost in a healthcare system dominated by diseases and procedures. The book takes a whole systems approach to primary care, incorporating new developments, social aspects, critical discourse, international perspectives, and the history and philosophy of medicine. It is a stimulating and inspiring read for general practitioners and other primary healthcare professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, healthcare educators, academics, and primary care researchers. Healthcare policy makers and shapers will value its lucid account of complex issues. 'Joachim Sturmberg has written an important book, which I sincerely hope the reformers of our health care system will study carefully. It is also a riveting read. With great erudition and strong arguments, Sturmberg lays out a plan which leads to a goal to which we all aspire - a health care system based on primary care and primary health care which expresses the historic values of medicine and adapts itself to the complexity of modern medicine. A must read for anyone who has the interests of primary care at heart.' - Ian R McWhinney, in the Foreword.
 

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Contents

The nature of illness
4
The beginnings of epidemiology
18
THE ORIGINS OF GENERAL PRACTICEFAMILY
37
Challenges till 2020
43
Medicine and the common good
58
Science and truth
64
The paradigm of medical science
70
Complex adaptive systems
77
THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE
103
PRACTISING GENERAL PRACTICEFAMILY MEDICINE
121
EMERGING PATTERNS
139
Constructing health and disease in the consultation
153
HEALTH INEQUALITIES
169
EMERGING PATTERNS
175
What does primary health care offer governments the public
188
Conclusions
201

Further reading
83
DISEASE ILLNESS AND HEALTH
91

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Honorary Associate Professor of General Practice, Monash University, Victoria, Conjoint Associate Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Member, National Standing Committee of Education, National Coordinator, AKT-segment, Board of Examiners, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and General Practitioner in private group practice

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