Dr Gina Johnson graduated from Guy's Hospital in London in 1979 and worked as a General Practitioner in Luton from 1983 to 2017. She has always been actively involved in primary care audit and research, and has published articles on a wide range of topics. She is very aware of the limitations of Western medicine, which led her to study for an MSc in medical anthropology in 2002. She is a medical acupuncturist and has an interest in holistic care. Dr Ian Hill-Smith started publishing research papers while studying for his first degree in anatomy, before graduating in medicine from University College London, in 1980. He is both a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is fascinated by fundamental science and how it can be applied to medical practice, particularly how medicines can be prescribed to best effect, which was the subject of his research MD. His previous local and national roles have led to the development of a primary care prescribing formulary, reduced medicines wastage and courses on medicines optimisation. Dr Chirag Bakhai discovered his passion for education while studying medicine at University College London, where he tutored fellow students in subjects ranging from pharmacology to statistics. Since then, he has taught and presented on both local and national stages. As well as working as a General Practitioner, Chirag is a Clinical Director at Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and a Clinical Advisor for NHS England. He employs his evidence-based approach in improving healthcare services and is committed to empowering people to self-manage their health conditions. His teaching experience is extremely helpful in identifying and addressing learning needs across Primary Care and reducing unwarranted variation in standards of care.
This is a great book for nonphysicians who can help maintain access to physicians by triaging a patient's symptoms. There are many situations in which this can be implemented and with the ever-increasing demand for medical care and the limited availability of primary care appointments, this is a superb option. Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)