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Dr Anthony Harnden

...on horse racing, fine wine and child diseases

...on horse racing, fine wine and child diseases

The best thing about my practice is our competent and enthusiastic young doctors.

The worst thing about my practice is coping when they go on maternity leave.

Being fond of children got me interested in paediatrics.

The people that have influenced me most are Peter Isaac (my retired GP partner) and David Mant (professor of general practice).

This year I am aiming to plan for a sabbatical.

The trait I most dislike in myself is impatience.

The trait I most dislike in my patients is walking into my consulting room with muddy shoes.

Being a lecturer and a GP is a tricky balancing act.

My best features are my wife Karin and my three children, Kate, Charlie and Elisabeth.

If I could create a vaccine for any disease in the world, it would be an HIV vaccine.

The MMR controversy is an example of the harm that can be caused by poor research.

Lack of understanding by those in secondary care of the complexities of general practice is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

Being phoned on call by a woman for advice about her husband's diarrhoea and her saying that she was much more concerned about her dog who also had it is my funniest moment as a GP.

My earliest memory is being in hospital with viral meningitis as a young child.

The vehicles I own are a Specialized Allez road bike, a Ford Focus and a Volvo XC90.

My most treasured possession is my wine cellar.

My least attractive habit is snoring (according to my wife).

My favourite word is gosh! (according to my children).

The book I'm reading at the moment is Redemption by Kay Langdale (who is one of my patients).

My guiltiest pleasure is purchasing a Club Wembley debenture.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to bring peace to the Middle East.

My greatest achievement is my portfolio of childhood infection research.

Any conflict at work keeps me awake at night.

I relax by exercise followed by a sauna.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Gordon Ramsay (to do the cooking), Boris Johnson, John McEnroe, Jose Mourinho and the Channel 4 racing team.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a racing correspondent for a national newspaper.


• GP in Wheatley, Oxfordshire

• Senior lecturer, department of primary health care, University of Oxford

• Member of Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation

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