|01||20060306||By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.|
Producer Emma Harding.
Helman recalls his medical training within the rigid segregation of apartheid South Africa.
|02||20060307||As a newly qualified doctor, Helman leaves South Africa for London.|
His first medical job finds him as a ship's doctor on a budget Mediterranean cruise, where he discovers the essential solitude of the healer.
|03||20060308||As a London GP, Helman discovers that a patient's profession can determine the way in which a doctor should best treat him.|
|04||20060309||London GP and anthropologist Cecil Helman considers how contemporary medicine could be made more humane and less mechanistic.|
He visits a sangoma, a traditional South African healer, and wonders whether modern doctors might learn from the more holistic approach of the shaman.
|05 LAST||20060310||When GP Cecil Helman has an accident and becomes an NHS patient himself, he is disturbed to find a system that seems to reduce patients to paper statistics and doctors to slaves of the machine.|
He considers whether the latest generation of 'techno-doctors' could learn from the way in which medicine is practised in the developing world.