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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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Recruitment, Education, and Training

Recruitment, Education, and Training

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(p.40) 3 Recruitment, Education, and Training
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The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948
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Anne Digby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.003.0003

This chapter shows that in the case of general practice education was a poor training for later professional survival, being geared toward the needs of specialists. This was because of the power of specialists in teaching hospitals, and their dominant membership on the General Medical Council (GMC), which was responsible for issuing guidelines for medical education. Strong on academic cramming, but weak on training in the practicalities needed by generalists, medical education gave few clues about how to survive the conditions likely to be experienced after graduation, whilst the lengthy nature of education itself inhibited adjustment to changing market conditions.

Keywords:   physicians, medical training, medical education, general practice, medical school

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