The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850-1948

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

byAnne Digby

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This book focuses on a formative period in the development of modern general practice. The foundations of present-day health care in Britain were created in the century before the National Health Service of 1948, when medicine was transformed in its structure, professional status, economicorganization, and therapeutic power. In the first full-length study of general practice for these years, Anne Digby deploys an impressive range of hitherto unused archival material and oral testimony to probe the character of general practitioners careers and practices, and to assess theirrelationships with local communities, a wider society, and the state. An evolutionary approach is adopted to explain the origins and nature of the many changes in medical practice, and the lives of ordinary doctors. The study also explores the gendered nature of medical practice as reflected in theexperience of a golden band of women GPs, and examines the hidden role of the doctors wife in the practice.

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This book focuses on a formative period in the development of modern general practice. The foundations of present-day health care in Britain were created in the century before the National Health Service of 1948, when medicine was transformed in its structure, professional status, economicorganization, and therapeutic power. In the fir...

Anne Digby is at Oxford Brookes University.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198205139

ISBN - 13:9780198205135

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Table of Contents

1. Constructing General PracticePart I: Careers2. Professional Challenge3. Recruitment, Education, and Training4. Re-inventing RolesPart II: In Practice5. The Medical Market6. Organizing a Practice7. Women Practitioners8. Medical Investigation and Treatment9. PatientsPart III: A Wider World10. Public Duties and Private Lives11. Generalists, Specialists, and Others12. National Health Insurance13. The National Health ServiceSelect Bibliography; Index

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`The book manages to reveal the great diversity of general practice, and it's underlying economic imperatives. This sense of the range of activity - whether single-handede or group, in the 1850s or the 1940s, run by men or wome, located in affluent country areas or in hardpressed collierydistricts - is arguably the most striking aspect of the book, and in this respect it is difficult to see how itcould be improved upon.'John Welshman, Lancaster University.