Academic General Practice in the UK Medical Schools, 1948-2000A Short History

Academic General Practice in the UK Medical Schools, 1948-2000A Short History

John Howie and Michael Whitfield

Print publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780748643561

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Abstract

Although General Practice is the commonest career choice for medical graduates, and the majority of encounters between doctors and patients take place in general practice, there was no formal teaching in or about the subject before the start of the NHS in 1948. Nor were there any staff trained in the discipline in a paid university position. This Book traces the revolution in medical education that took place between 1948 and 2000 resulting in every one of the then 31 established medical schools having a professorial appointment in the discipline, and some 15% of the medical curriculum nationally being taught in the general practice setting by general practitioners. Each of the 21 chapters describes how this change came about (the London chapter describes the process across 11 different schools), and captures the struggles of visionary doctors (most but not all of whom were general practitioners) to establish a new discipline against a mix of protectionism, apathy and sometimes hostility from the existing medical establishment. The Book includes a more general analysis of the recurrent themes which were common across the university system, and of the long process of trying to establish the financial parity with existing clinical disciplines which was critical to allowing the new discipline first to survive and more recently to thrive.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The University of Aberdeen

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Chapter 2 The University of Dundee

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Chapter 3 The University of Edinburgh

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Chapter 4 The University of Glasgow

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Chapter 5 The Cardiff University School of Medicine

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Chapter 6 Academic General Practice in Ireland

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Chapter 7 The University of Birmingham

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Chapter 8 The University of Bristol

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Chapter 9 The University of Cambridge

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Chapter 10 The University of Exeter

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Chapter 11 The University of Leeds

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Chapter 12 The University of Leicester

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Chapter 13 The University of Liverpool

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Chapter 14 The University of Manchester

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Chapter 15 The University of Newcastle

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Chapter 16 The University of Nottingham

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Chapter 17 The University of Oxford

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Chapter 18 The University of Sheffield

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Chapter 19 The University of Southampton

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Chapter 20 The London Medical Schools

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Chapter 21 The University of St Andrews

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