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Why men won’t go to the doctor.
At last there is scientific proof to back up what women have suspected for years — that A_______, men are big babies. Statistics revealed at the recent Royal Society of Medicine conference on men’s health confirm that men are only half as likely to go to their GP as women and will put off B_______. Even when they do bravely turn up at the surgery, 40% of their appointments have been made by their wives or girlfriends.
Trevor Jellis, a psychologist who treats stressed executives, C_______. ’I’m ashamed to say that as men, many of us do share the childish fantasy of being immortal’, he says. ’I was certainly guilty of that. I hadn’t been to the doctor for four years when I had my first heart attack. I didn’t go because I hadn’t needed to, and that’s precisely where I and many men go wrong. You should not wait until then, you should have an annual health check.’
Jane DeVille-Almond, a practice nurse in the Midlands, recognizes the problem. ’Men think that being ill is not very macho, it’s a sign of weakness. So they’ll create a big drama about being ill at home D_______. But also doctors’ surgeries are not male-friendly places. Just look around and you will see female receptionists, female nurses and women’s magazines on the tables.’ She recently designed a project aimed at reaching the large numbers of men aged between 30 and 60 E_______unless in an emergency. She decided that if the men wouldn’t come to her, she would go to them, so she set up a clinic in the lounge bar of the Moxley Arms, a working man’s pub in Walsall. The men F_______who need her help: men on low incomes who drink too much and eat an unhealthy diet. ’These are the men we really need to get through to. It soon became obvious that they were far more comfortable talking about their problems on home ground surrounded by their mates’, she said.
1. but they won’t go public
2. who arrived were exactly the sort of people
3. who likes helping other people
4. when it comes to their health
5. admits to not paying enough attention to his health
6. who hardly ever visited her surgery
7. seeing a doctor until their symptoms are severe
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