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ss triple helix - summer 2012,  Foundations - a survival guide for junior doctors

Foundations - a survival guide for junior doctors

Laurence Crutchlow (ed)
CMF, 2012
£20, Hb, 158pp
ISBN 978 0 90674 743 8

Several years in the making Foundations has finally been published. It was worth the wait.

First, a note about the title... You may be mistaken for thinking this book has been written exclusively for junior doctors in their Foundation Years. Whilst it is an essential read for newly-qualified Christian doctors, it is equally relevant for junior doctors of all grades, as well as final year medical students and those further on in their careers.

Foundations is helpfully split into four sections: Live, Think, Act and Work and covers over 70 topics, ranging from spiritual issues to ethical dilemmas; conflict in the workplace to working overseas.

Beautifully presented and laid out, Foundations is split into easilymanageable, bite-sized chunks, making it perfect for dipping into over a cup of coffee, or flicking through at the end of a busy day.

Each double-page spread looks at a topic from a Christian perspective, examining what the Bible has to say, offering helpful, practical advice, prayer points and some 'food for thought'. And if you've ever felt like you're the only person who has faced a given situation, or struggled with a particular issue, you'll be encouraged by the testimonies from 'real' junior doctors.

So buy a copy for yourself, one for a friend and one for a final year medical student graduating this summer. Read, re-read and pass it on. You will not be disappointed!

Sarah Maidment is a trainee GP in Oxford.

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