General Practice under the National Health Service, 1948-1997: The First Fifty Years

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorIrvine Loudon, John Horder, Charles Webster

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This is the first history of general practice under the National Health Service, from 1948 to the present. It is written by a team of contributors all of whom have, in various ways, been deeply involved in the development of primary health care in Britain. Between them, they cover all the mainaspects of general practice, including changing concepts of illness and clinial practices, politics and organization, medical education, public relations, and international comparisons. They examine how the relative stagnation of the early years, when morale and funding were low, gave way to arenaissance in general practice in the 1960s which changed the service out of all recognition. // Published with an extensive chronology and statistical appendix, this book will serve as an essential reference for medical historians and for the wide variety of people involved in health-careservices, both in Britain and the wider world. fifty years, from 1948 to the present. It is written in a clear and accessible manner by a team of distinguished medical historians, many of whom are, or have been, general practitioners deeply involved in the development of primary health care servicesin this country. The book covers all the main aspects of general practice, including changing concepts of illness and clinical practices, politics and organization, medical education, public relations, and international comparisons. Between them, the contributors show how the oldest branch ofmedicine gradually rediscovered its role alongside the rapid advances of specialized medicine. They explain how, after a period of relative stagnation in the 1960s, there followed a renaissance in general practice which changed the service out of all recognition. Published with an extensive chronology and statistical appendix, this book will serve as an essential reference for medical historians as well as the wide variety of people involved in the health care services.

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This is the first history of general practice under the National Health Service, from 1948 to the present. It is written by a team of contributors all of whom have, in various ways, been deeply involved in the development of primary health care in Britain. Between them, they cover all the mainaspects of general practice, including chan...

Irvine Loudon is at Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford. John Horder is at UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education. Charles Webster is at All Souls College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of ContributorsChronologyIntroduction and Overview1. The Politics of General Practice2. The Practice3. "What is Wrong" and "How We Know": Changing Concepts of Illness in General Practice4. Some Aspects of Clinical Care in General Practice5. General Practitioners and the Other Caring Professions6. Research in General Practice: Perspective and Themes7. Undergraduate Medical Education and General Practice8. Vocational Training and Continuing Education9. The General Practitioner and Professional Organizations10. The General Practitioner and the Public11. Developments in Other Countries12. ConclusionAppendicesIndex

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`this is a fine book, which anyone interested in the development of UK primary care should read. All the chapters are very well written by interesting people who have made major contributions to their subjects ... Loudon, Horder and Webster have probably written the definitive history forgeneral practice within the NHS so far'Julian Tudor Hart, Family Practice, vol 16, no 3, 1999