Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Jane Smith

Email: jsmith@bond.edu.au
MBBS, FRACGP, GradDipFM, MHS, FAICD, is Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland.

A is for aphorism If ‘a physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient’ – are we all fools?

Research from around the world shows that the majority of doctors self diagnose, self investigate, self treat and self prescribe; behaviour advised as foolish by Osler, frowned upon by most...

A is for aphorisms Feed a fever, starve a cold? Or could it be starve a fever, feed a cold?

It is not possible to talk about feeding or starving of fevers and colds without firstly defining what they are and what they do.What is a fever?The normal body temperature is not as clearly...

Developing the guidelines for preventive care Two decades of experience

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (the ‘red book’) are now more than 20 years old. Therefore it is an important...

Uptake of Medicare chronic disease management incentives A study into service providers’ perspectives

In 2002, it was found that GPs were discouraged from using the CDM items because of time constraints and difficulty in staying abreast with changing eligibility criteria,8 a finding supported in a...


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