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Uncertainty in general practice: a sure thing

Ruth M Armstrong and Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (2): 58-59.
Published online: 17 July 2006

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfurl his powers — Erich Fromm

General practitioners are many things but, as much as anything else, they are masters of uncertainty. From the problems behind the names on the appointment schedule, to whether the patients will actually show up, how much time they’ll need and what their expectations will be, GPs plunge daily into the great unknown.

  • Ruth M Armstrong1
  • Martin B Van Der Weyden2

  • The Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: medjaust@ampco.com.au

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