The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850-1948 / Edition 1

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This is a major study of the formative period in the development of mo dern general practice in the UK. Drawing upon an impressive range of h itherto unused archival material, Professor Anne Digby analyzes the im portant changes and developments in primary health care in the century before the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.

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Journal of the American Medical Association
The general practitioner has long been the mainstay of the British medical system. Ann Digby deserves our thanks for rescuing the general practitioner's history from oblivion.
Digby (social history, Oxford Brookes University) examines a formative period in the development of modern general medical practice, drawing on hitherto unused archival material and oral testimony to probe the character of general practitioners' careers and practices, and to assess their relationships with local communities, a wider society, and the state. She adopts an evolutionary approach to explain the origins and nature of many changes in medical practice, explores medical practice's gendered nature, and examines the hidden role of the doctor's wife. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198205135
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Lexile: 1770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Constructing General Practice
Part I: Careers
2. Professional Challenge
3. Recruitment, Education, and Training
4. Re-inventing Roles
Part II: In Practice
5. The Medical Market
6. Organizing a Practice
7. Women Practitioners
8. Medical Investigation and Treatment
9. Patients
Part III: A Wider World
10. Public Duties and Private Lives
11. Generalists, Specialists, and Others
12. National Health Insurance
13. The National Health Service
Select Bibliography; Index

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