Getting into Practice

In his hilarious book Getting into Practice, Edward Vernon (whose early years as a GP are described in Practice Makes Perfect and Practise What You Preach) describes his years at medical school. Still wet behind the ears, he found himself on a whirlwind tour through the seven ages of man and the 57 varieties of human nature. He has to learn how to examine real people, diagnose them without becoming emotionally involved and fend off the crises of confidence which await around every corner. The book is set in the 1970s and there will no doubt be some readers who might think that things were better then.