Nautical & General
Single-Handed - General Practitioners in Remote and Rural Areas

Rosie Donovan and John Bain


A4 landscape; 138pp; paperback
liberally illustrated
ISBN 1-870325-09-5
Due August/September 2001


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This is a photographic study of single-handed general practitioners - doctors who essentially work alone and without the backup of a large practice - in the remote areas of Scotland. It consists of photographs of the doctors, all with the beautiful landscapes of Scotland behind them. The portraits are accompanied by personal accounts which demonstrate the importance of this type of medical practice to Scotland and the contribution these dedicated physicians make to communities in the Highlands and Islands and other remote rural areas of Scotland. The book is thus much more than a collection of photographs - it is a sociological comment on a particular aspect of medical practice and thereby a reflection of the needs of remote communities and a barometer of the preparedness of the country to answer these needs.

Striking black and white full-page photographs portray a unique group of individuals at home in the stunning beauty of the Highland scenery. At a time when questions are being asked about the future of single-handed practitioners, this book is a timely reminder of the role in the National Health Service.

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