Falling through the cracks

September 2015

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Falling through the cracks

September 2015 Vol 44 (9) 609-688

This month's articles include Medically unexplained illness, Rare diseases, Cancer of unknown primary and Advocating for patients.


The management of unresolved gastrointestinal symptoms in Australian general practice

Julie Gordon, Graeme C Miller, Lisa Valenti

Managing medically unexplained illness in general practice

Louise Stone

Rare diseases are a ‘common’ problem for clinicians

Elizabeth Elliott, Yvonne Zurynski

A powerful team: the family physician advocating for patients with a rare disease

Tracy Dudding-Byth

Cancer of unknown primary site

Claire M Vajdic, David Goldstein

Up front

Editorial: My doctor was simply unaware of this disorder…

Stephen A Margolis

Letters to the editor


Is there a role for prazosin in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder?

John Togno, Scott Eaton

Your questions about complementary medicines answered: St John’s wort

Sanne Kreijkamp-Kaspers, Treasure McGuire, Suzanne Bedford, Peter Loadsman, Marie Pirotta, Geraldine Moses, Mieke van Driel

An update on epistaxis

Stephanie Yau

Disseminated brown macules in an infant

Jorge Ocampo-Candiani, Sandra Cecilia García-García, Guillermo Antonio Guerrero-González, Sylvia Aide Martínez-Cabriales

Early detection and non-invasive diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma using a dermatoscope

Steven Tomas

Advances in radiotherapy technology for prostate cancer: What every GP should know

Peter Gorayski, Mark B Pinkham, Margot Lehman


Low levels of vitamin B12 can persist in the early resettlement of refugees: symptoms, screening and monitoring

Jill Benson, Christine Phillips, Margaret Kay, Hoda Hanifi, Gauri Giri, Catherine Leahy, Michelle Lorimer

Patients’ and providers’ satisfaction with shared medical appointments

Garry Egger, John Dixon, Hamish Meldrum, Andrew Binns, Mary-Anne Cole, Dan Ewald, John A Stevens


The Registrars’ Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project: educational and research aspects of documenting general practice trainees’ clinical experience

Parker Magin, Simon Morgan, Kim M Henderson, Amanda Tapley, John Scott, Neil A Spike, Lawrie McArthur, Jenny Presser, Natalie Lockwood, Mieke van Driel

General practice ethics: Issues in family relationships

Annette Braunack-Mayer, Wendy Rogers


Supporting patients with a rare disease

Valmae Ypinazar

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