Monthly Archives: February 2019


I’ll drink to that

2019-02-25T08:38:28+00:00February 25th, 2019|

Yuval Noah Harari, in his book Homo Sapiens, makes a simple but crucial point about how our species has achieved pre-eminence: we have been able to extend the dominance of the imagined, the unreal and the virtual over the world of real things. Or as he put it when explaining religion, business and the [...]

Harmful drinking – it could be us!

2019-02-19T10:09:20+00:00February 19th, 2019|

Dr David Fluck’s blog on the wider determinants of health, specifically the focus on alcohol prevention in the Long Term Plan not being a new thing, was both inspiring and a good ‘call to action’. The cost of alcohol misuse to the NHS is significant, as David shows us, but the impact doesn’t end there. [...]

Mental health – taking a more integrated approach

2019-02-08T15:10:14+00:00February 11th, 2019|

I must admit I am new to this blogging thing, so please forgive me if I don’t quite adhere to blogging etiquette! I’m a GP in Surrey Downs and clinical lead for the mental health workstream for Surrey Heartlands, and wanted the opportunity to tell people about an important new model for mental health [...]

Exploding the myths of primary care

2019-02-04T08:33:17+00:00February 4th, 2019|

A GP named A J Cronin blessed us in the 1960s and early 1970s with Dr Finlay’s Casebook, a grainy black and white televised account of family doctors in the Scottish Highlands of the 1920s. Gouty old Doctor Cameron could not suppress either the charm or the good humour of the suave young Finlay, [...]