Liam Farrell

Our award-winning GP columnist Dr Liam Farrell delivers pearls of wisdom and surreal comedy in his regular despatches from the darker side of general practice.

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Liam Farrell: A doctor is a man's best friend

Liam Farrell: A doctor is a man's best friend

To paraphrase W. Somerset Maugham's advice on writing novels, there are three ways of refusing Joe a prescription; unfortunately nobody knows what they are.

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Liam Farrell: A prescription for catastrophe

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Liam Farrell: Ask away, but you may not like the answer

Joe had just received his weekly antibiotic prescription and I was looking forward...

Liam Farrell: Health promotion is a sacred cow, but is it time well spent?

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Liam Farrell: Sometimes what you don't say is more important than what you do

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Liam Farrell: A sick note in the style of Donald Trump

'I want a sick note,' said Joe.

Liam Farrell: A tale of two Irish Mammies

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Liam Farrell: The time of the buffoon has come

Joe is a member of the Dunning Kruger club. The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive...

Liam Farrell: The options may suck, but the NHS can't go on this way

Some day in the future, historians will look back at the NHS and say there was a...

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