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RCP: Divided we fail

In this year’s Harveian Oration*, Dr Iona Heath, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, explores the divisions within the medical profession, dualistic views of the human body, divisions within society and the implications of each for the future of medicine. In an Oration brought to life with illuminating quotations from writers, poets and scientists, Dr Heath argues that we need to bridge those divisions to improve care for patients and create a fairer society. Key excerpts below: