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Guide to Working in Europe for Doctors.
  1. PHILIP D WELSBY, Consultant Physician
  1. Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK

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    Guide to Working in Europe for Doctors. By K E A Darling. (Pp 226; £19.95.) Churchill Livingstone, 2000. ISBN 0-443-06281-1.****

    The first section comprises three chapters. The first chapter is a brief but insightful history of the origins of a united Europe, the administrative bodies, how legislation is passed, and the implications for healthcare professionals. Chapter 2 focuses on the differences between EU member states by region: English speaking countries (UK and Republic of Ireland), Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), French speaking countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland (although not part of the European economic area), and Luxembourg), German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg), Norden (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), and Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece). The organisation of healthcare systems, education and clinical training, terms and conditions of employment, practical differences in the workplace, recognised qualifications and examination grades, culture, and ethics are all outlined. In the third chapter the practical points of moving abroad are covered including two valuable checklists, the costs of moving abroad and planning a move.

    The second section comprises details relevant to the 19 individual countries, including the United Kingdom.

    Obviously this book should be in every medical library. But would it be a worthwhile investment for someone who is going to work in Europe, especially as they will usually only be working in one country? The first section, of 43 pages, provides such a wealth of general information and advice, and the specific information provided about the country to which you intend to move and the others is so interesting, that the answer is “Yes.”

    Oh, and whatever you do, ensure that you have the necessary qualifications, or can acquire the recognised equivalents abroad, such that you can return to your home country—comprehensive recognition of qualifications throughout Europe is not yet with us.

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