Thursday 24th October 1991   Morning coffee break 12:20

Dylan and Dilys have been telling us about their career plans. Dylan wants to be a cardiac surgeon but Dilys is thinking about general practice.

My Dad smiled encouragingly at her. “One of the best things about general practice,” he said, “is the fact that the majority of illnesses that we see improve on their own. It is comforting to know that, whatever we do, there is a good chance our patients will get better.  We can get the diagnosis completely wrong, we can order inappropriate investigations and we can make a real mess of the treatment but most of them still pull through. Only a small proportion of the patients we see really need our help.”

One of the best things about general practice.