DR. PATRICK MAGOVERN
I qualified in 1980. After the usual postgraduate training, I spent several satisfying years working as a hospital and community-based family doctor in a remote setting in Northern Canada, doing emergency department work, in-patient medical care and GP obstetrics including deliveries. I was a strong devotee of 'traditional, conventional medicine and viewed anything else as quackery.
I slowly realised that Western 'conventional' disease-based high-tech medicine is excellent in most situations, but had little to offer for those patients in whom I could not find a treatable diagnosis.
The most frequently-occurring complaints were low energy, digestive disturbances, female hormone problems, mood problems, sleep problems, non-cardiac chest pain, migraine, fibromyalgia and nonsurgical back pain. The tests were all normal: there was "nothing seriously wrong" which was welcome news to the patient, but what could be done to help them?