101 Things Your GP Would Tell You If Only There Was Time

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Penguin Random House Australia, Sep 28, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 292 pages
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This book is an essential tool in the management of your most important asset: your good health.

Dr Gillian Deakin outlines the most common pitfalls in health care and details how patients can communicate effectively with medical professionals and get the treatment they need to be healthy and free themselves of worrying pain or life-threatening disease.

Gillian Deakin has spent her career exploring different treatment methods and different ways of healing. She brings a scientific, evidence-based approach to all her medicine and is passionate about seeking proof of all treatments, whether medical or alternative. Dr Deakin is a strong supporter of a broad approach, using both orthodox and complementary methods, and a reassuringly practical understanding of health problems and how to heal effectively.

101 Things Your GP Would Tell You is an indispensable hands-on guide to negotiating the management of your health. From practical information on how to communicate with your doctor, to definitive outlines of evidence-based strategies in remaining disease-free, to a debunking of many common myths in medicine.

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About the author (2011)

Doctor Gillian Deakin was born and raised in Sydney, the seventh of nine children. Her physician father provided the family with a health focus unusual for the sixities: homegrown food, daily aerobics and cold showers. She completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney in 1980. After extensive travelling, Gillian undertook three years of post-graduate research with the Baker Medical Research Institute, including a year at Davis Station in Antarctica that led to her Doctorate of Medicine from Monash University in Melbourne. She then went on to complete a Master's Degree in Public Health at the University of Sydney. With her husband, the actor Chris Haywood, and their two young children, Gillian travelled overseas to work in Kiribati, a tropical paradise with extremely poor health standards. Returning to Sydney, Gillian has worked mainly as a general practitioner.

Monthly clinics with the Royal Flying Doctor Service provide insight into health in a rural setting. As an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners she promotes a high standard of care in general practice for Australians.

Gillian also has training in nutrition, environmental medicine and acupuncture. She is a regular practitioner of yoga and meditation and has an organic vegetable garden and free-range chickens at her home in Bondi. Gillian has incorporated this broad approach to health in her work by establishing a multidisciplinary health centre, which delivers a range of services beyond general practice, including psychology, acupuncture, Ayuvedic medicine, physiotherapy and massage.

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