General Practice under the National Health Service, 1948-1997

The First Fifty Years
Editor(s): 
Loudon, Irvine
Editor(s): 
Horder, John
Editor(s): 
Webster, Charles
ISBN: 
0198206755
Date published: 
June 1998
Hardback
Price: 
£47.00
Pages: 
360

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 main aspects 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 relat ive stagnation of the early years, when morale and funding were low, gave way to a renaissance 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-care services, 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 services in 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 of medicine gradually r ediscovered 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.

This is the first comprehensive history of general practice under the National Health Service, mapping the changes since its early, unhappy state in 1948, its extraordinary renaissance in the 1960s, and the radical changes seen since 1990.

This is the first comprehensive history of general practice under the National Health Service. It maps the changes which have occurred since its early and unhappy state in 1948, through the extraordinary renaissance that began in the 1960s, to the radical changes which have occurred since 1990.

Dingle Prize 1999;

A comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of health service and primary care in the UK, from 1948 to the present

Charts how the oldest branch of medicine has responded to rapid advances in specialized medicine and changed social cir cumstances