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The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948$
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Anne Digby

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.001.0001

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Professional Challenge

Professional Challenge

(p.23) 2 Professional Challenge
The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Anne Digby

Oxford University Press

The principal challenge faced by general practitioners in the past was an over-supply of regular, trained doctors in relation to effective demand for their services. This was worsened by the competition of specialists, and by large numbers of alternative practitioners of varied kinds. GPs responded to their weak market position by using professional strategies, as well as by hoping for ameliorative action from legislation. Both are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   general practice, physicians, general practitioners, over-supply, competition, regulation

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