Books to read after qualifying as a GP – By Dr Kate King

Dr Kate King is a GP, Royal Navy Surg Cdr Medical Officer, Senior Lecturer for Defence Medical Services, Training programme director and GP trainer.

GP training aims to make you competent at working as a GP. However, not everything is covered in the curriculum. In this post, she outlines some of the books you may want to consider to expand your view of the patient, your role, and primary care., with a little help from some colleagues.

This is the first list aimed for some summer reading.

Which of these will make it on to your bookshelf, in your suitcase or better yet your book club?

The Guilty Feminist– @GuiltFemPod

I’m a feminist but I like wearing stilettoes and skirt with my uniform! It talks about privilege, the unconscious ways we interact & help you understand life doesn’t treat our colleagues, friends and patients in the same way that it does us. Recommended by Surg Cdr Dr Kate King.

It’s All In Your Head. by Suzanne O’Sullivan

A fascinating tour along the “frontline of psychosomatic illness” A truly practice changing book. You’ll cringe about ways you’ve seen patients treated. MUS can be difficult to manage in medicine, but this book can help you help your patients. Recommended by Dr Stephanie Di Giorgio

The Patient Paradox by @mgtmccartney

A very entertaining book & completely revolutionises the way that you think about what we are trying to achieve with medicine. One to read after your exams as it challenges conventional medicine processes. Recommended by Dr Pete Deveson

Black Box Thinking by @matthewsyed

Discusses no blame culture comparing openness regarding mistakes to improve outcomes; highlighting certain leadership styles invoke fear of consequence which is worse for outcomes. The book uses the stark difference between healthcare and aviation industries. Recommended by Dr Hussain ‘DrGandalf’ Gandhi and others.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by @GailHoneyman

“I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It has themes of loneliness, social awkwardness and mental health struggles, but is really engaging and an enjoyable read.” Recommended by Dr Maureen Baker

A Child Called It by Dave Peltzer

“This book gave me an understanding of a world that I would otherwise know very little about. The degree of cruelty that one human can inflict on another; the lasting trauma that can cause; the effects of alcoholism on those around the alcoholic.” Recommended by Dr Kirsty Cole

The Red & Green Life Machine by Rick Jolly

A book about the medical care during the Falklands campaign. Rick Jolly’s feats are well worth a read. From penguins, to dunking in frozen water to save 2 casualties and the sad bombing of Sir Galahad. A challenging, poignant, but inspiring book. Recommended by Lt Col Simone Gout.

Doctor Dog by @BabetteCole

Technically a picture book for pre-schoolers, but surprisingly pertinent bit on resilience when Dr Dog gets stressed out by his patients. Useful clinical advice to prevent threadworm transmission: “Don’t scratch your bum then suck your thumb!” Recommended by Surg Cdr Alan Bowie

Which is your favourite book? Are there other books you would add to this list? If so tweet your recommendation to Dr Kate King and see it added to the next list.

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