- By: Laura Stewart
I'm a medic, and I'm sick. This term I've had every variant of the flu virus going around in my body and I know who to blame. Doctors. Specifically the doctors in charge of medical education who send us poor students to distant hospitals and GP surgeries where we are exposed to an army of new patients, with their weapons of unusual illnesses and local viruses loaded and ready to fire. My head is throbbing, I'm sweaty and cold, and my tutor told me to stay at home so I wasn't coughing on all the patients. Yep, I have NAFF; or new attachment first-week flu.
One general practitioner told me that this is a well known phenomenon. Time and again, new staff at the beginning of their practice fall prey to this nasty condition, missing many days of work. As a permanent member of staff I suppose you then build