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Richard Asher's Talking Sense About Medicine
  1. Catherine Morgan1,
  2. Virginia Head2
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Severn Deanery School of Primary Care, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Morgan, Department of Neurology, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Road, Bristol, BS10 5NB, UK; cathy_m55{at}

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by Richard Asher, 2015. Publisher: Psychology News Press, London

We all think about our patients and our profession but few of us write these reflections down, and our opinions rarely influence our contemporaries or our future colleagues. The best of Dr Richard Asher’s entertaining and instructive articles and papers have been gathered into his book, Talking Sense About Medicine, allowing this eminent physician’s insightful musings and observations to be immortalised. Many of these articles were published in the Lancet and the release of a new article was purportedly eagerly awaited due to Asher's reputation for clarity and comedy in his writing. The book includes his first characterisation of Munchausen's syndrome, alongside other wide-ranging topics from how to sell oneself at a medical interview to the ‘Seven Sins of Medicine’.

Gloucester Neurology Book Club enjoyed this book, which stimulated …

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  • Contributors CM wrote the text based on the Gloucester Neurology Book Club discussion. VH reviewed and adapted the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.