PERSPECTIVES by Judith Harvey

About the author . . .

Judith Harvey has written regular articles for the Sessional GP, the newsletter of the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) for over twelve years. Her reflections range widely on practical, ethical and cultural aspects of health and medicine.

Judith has now published her previous articles from the NASGP website as a new book Perspectives: A GP reflects on medical practice and, well, just about everything . . .

Judith was a research scientist, ran the VSO programme in Papua New Guinea and taught in a Liverpool comprehensive school before going to medical school. She has been a partner, a salaried GP and a locum, an LMC chair and a long-time supporter NASGP. For eight years her charity, Cuba Medical Link, enabled medical students to go to Cuba for their electives.

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Learning to Live with Masks

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in August 2020

Masks are going to be with us for a long time to come. We’d all better get used to them.

Beware the Old Normal

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in June 2020

What good has come from this unprecedented social experiment? And how do we preserve it?

A Lockdown Diary

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in April 2020

When we look back on this strange period, the experience of all of us needs to be acknowledged, I’m going back to time BC (Before Covid-19) to track how swiftly we moved from complacent normality to a fearful wartime footing.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Can We Outrun Evolution?

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in February 2020

This was written at the end of January 2020. Since then Covid-19 has trumped almost every other medical challenge, but in the future we will need effective antibiotics all the more.

Doctors under Siege

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in December 2019
Bashar al Assad, President of Syria, Damascus, April 2011

I’ve Seen the Future of General Practice and . . .

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in October, 2019
Social prescribing transforms 21st century lives.

Quiet, Please!

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in August 2019
Noisy environments aren’t a new phenomenon, but we are only now recognising how noise endangers our health.

Now Wash Your Hands

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in June 2019
A century after Semmelweis published his paper on reducing the spread of infection in maternity wards, his advice reached the Department of Health.

Singing in the Brain

First published in NASGP Newsletter in April 2019
When words fail, music may find a way into a failing brain

Eating People is Wrong

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in February 2019
There is a link between Tromsø, the Arctic capital of Norway, and the Fore district of Papua New Guinea, and it is cannibalism.

Getting under Your Skin

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in December 2018
Body Worlds is an exhibition of plastinated bodies. What issues does plastination raise?

Fringe Medicine

First published in the NASGP newsletter in October 2018
Medics have a long-standing relationship with the annual August circus that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Viper’s Nest of Treasures

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in August 2018

Since the antihypertensive captopril went on the market in 1981 it has probably saved many more lives than have been lost to the pit vipers from which it was obtained.

Understanding Denial: a Visit to the Faroe Islands

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in June 2018
What can public health in UK learn from the Faroes about changing cultural traditions?

Sin City: the Redemption

First published in the NASGP newsletter in April 2018
The UK is losing the ‘war on drugs’. We might learn from Colombia as it recovers from decades of violence brought about by its illegal manufacture and export of cocaine.

Whacking Moles

First published in the NASGP Newsletter in February 2018
What do dead plants in doctors’ consulting rooms say about them? Maintenance is boring but we ignore it at our peril.