Why GPs are the real life-saving heroes of medicine

'We are better at saving lives than all those heroic specialists put together'

I saved a life today!

Hero

Although, I don’t know who it was or how I did it.

Maybe it was the routine pap smear that will come back as a high-grade precancerous lesion and be surgically removed before it turns nasty.

Maybe it was the pertussis vaccination I gave to a pregnant patient that will save her future three-month-old baby from the potentially lethal germs of the coughing kid-next-door.

Or perhaps it was the softly spoken and profoundly depressed man who unburdened his woes to me before going home and deciding that today he won’t kill

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