Published: 10/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5942 Page 33

The second edition of 'contemporary medicine classic' The Inner Consultation by Dr Roger Neighbour sets out the author's thoughts on how teaching and using consulting skills have evolved since the book was first published in 1987. Based around three sections, goal-setting, skill-building and getting it together, the text outlines how to define what you want from a consultation, how to connect with the patient so both clinician and patient get the most out of it and how to build on those skills.

Companion title The Inner Apprentice is also now released as a second edition. Exploring the role of the teacher in the learning process, Dr Neighbour explains how teacher and apprentice can communicate, and the role of awarenessraising techniques.

Both are published by Radcliffe, price£24.95