Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

Producer Emma Harding.

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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.

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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.

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As a London GP, Helman discovers that a patient's profession can determine the way in which a doctor should best treat him.

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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.

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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.