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
First published in the NASGP Newsletter in October 2020
Social exclusion is alien to the NHS, one of the few institutions which is open to all
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.
First published in the NASGP Newsletter in June 2020
What good has come from this unprecedented social experiment? And how do we preserve it?
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.
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.
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 21ry lives. st centu 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.
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.