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The Foundations of Primary Care


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Section 1: Historical Perspective of Medicine: from Shaman to modern physician. The history of medicine. Development of medicine knowledge. Medical education. The origins of general practice. Emerging patterns. Section 2: Philosophical perspective of medicine: the search for meaning of health illness. Some philosophical fragments on medicine. Philosophical fragments on science. Systems thinking. Emerging patterns. Section 3: The practice of medicine: healing. The epidemiology of illness and disease. Disease, illness and health. The practice of medicine. Practising general practice/family medicine. Emerging patterns. Section 4: The social function of medicine: the interdependence of health in society. The social nature of health and medicine. Social responsibility. Health care in societal context. Health inequalities. Emerging patterns. Section 5: Medicine in the community: towards primary care. Primary care. The healthcare vortex: A metaphor for a sustainable healthcare system.

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Honorary Associate Professor of General Practice, Monash University, Victoria, Conjoint Associate Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Member, National Standing Committee of Education, National Coordinator, AKT-segment, Board of Examiners, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and General Practitioner in private group practice


'Frequent charts and diagrams display the connectedness between personal health and the historical, societal, technological, and economic influences on the practice of medicine. A compressed tour of the philosophical origins and clinical developments that have shaped medical education today. An interesting, personal view of a physician's role in society.' DOODY ENTERPRISES 'If you want to understand the history of Medicine, the foundations of medical knowledge and how we have practised in the past then it is a great book. All aspects of medical and social history are covered.' NURSING STANDARD 'The "generalist multiskilled practitioners" described by Sturmberg are well-suited to lead the next step in the evolution of health care with their time-tested approach of whole-person care.' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

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