The book describes the peculiarities of practice in a small industrial town in England (''The trials of Rosie B'') where Rosie, who was fifteen years old, denied that she was pregnant and hid her baby under the wardrobe when the doctor was called! On the other hand, in ''Eggs and Bacon in Alice Springs'', a doctor working in a remote northern part of Australia with an aboriginal community, reflects on the high prevalence of scabies, tuberculosis and otitis media in children. He bemoans the inadequate health infrastructure, describes the frustration of efforts in saving children's lives only for them to return with similar problems not long afterwards and questions his relevance in such a situation.
Each day in general practice we see all sorts of conditions that don't quite fit into the boxes that medicine loves to put people. Patients often have bits of one diagnosis and other parts of another condition and then in our minds they end up with neither. They fall through all those cracks in the ghastly ICD codes and the DSM 1V Revised classifications.