GP Book Group - Have your say

In May, Dr Fiona Gilroy will be reviewing Suburban Shaman: Tales from Medicine's Front Line (Hammersmith Press, ISBN 1905140088) by Cecil Helman.

Cecil Helman, a GP for 27 years and a professor of anthropology, says that to be a good doctor you have to be a compassionate chameleon, a shaman.

You must work within your paients' system of ideas, never against, he explains.

Recounting colourful stories, on a journey from apartheid South Africa to London in the 1970s, as a ship's doctor, to curative trance dances in Brazil, Helman views illness beyond the purely physical, while celebrating family medicine.

We have five copies of the book to give away. Email us, with the book title as subject, for a chance to be sent a copy.

If you read it or have read it already, you can send your comments, however short, for inclusion, by Tuesday 18 April.

GPbookgroup@haynet.com.

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