Escaping the sausage machine
Ted Lankester is co-founder of InterHealth
After being a house officer, I was offered the opportunity to travel overland across Asia and drive a Land Rover and medical equipment to a mission hospital in Nepal. It was an amazing four week trip with many adventures. I stayed on, working in a remote Himalayan village among several hundred world travellers and hippies, many of whom were seriously ill, malnourished, and abusing drugs, but who were also very suspicious of orthodox medicine. I had recently got married and before the end of the year we got ill, lost three stone, and ended up in the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. For all of that, it was a fantastic year.
Stress and work pressure are probably the biggest problems. They are often caused as much by poor team dynamics and faulty management as by the difficult and dangerous places where our patients work . . . Stress weakens people’s immune