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'Doctor' means teacher. Teaching the natural history of minor illness and about self-medication is an important part of a long-term strategy for making best use of practice resources. Patients may need to be reminded how to make appropriate use of the practice's appointment system or out-of-hours cover. Every doctor-patient encounter plants the seeds of future patterns of illness behaviour which will affect the over-use (and under-use) of medical services.