Author(s): Cecil Helman
Dr. Helman provides a rare insight into the life and encounters of an unusual family doctor - who is also an anthropologist. Like shamans and other traditional doctors, he looks at illness in a wider personal and social context, considering elements beyond the purely physical in the treatment of his patients. This book takes the reader on a series of journeys through the different worlds of doctors and patients - from medical school in South Africa during the darkest days of apartheid, via ship's doctoring in the Mediterranean, to a spell doing research at Harvard Medical School in the USA, encounters with shamans and folk healers in different countries, and the practice of family medicine in various parts of London and surrounding towns. First published April 2007.