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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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Medical Investigation and Treatment

Medical Investigation and Treatment

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The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Anne Digby

Oxford University Press

‘There are no real standards for general practice. What the doctor does and how he does it, depends almost wholly on his own conscience’. This critical comment followed from an examination of GP's surgeries shortly after the inception of the NHS. To what extent is it valid? This chapter discusses the methods of general practitioners in their clinical work. A sustained attempt has been made to locate clinical records from past GP's practices, although their cryptic entries, incomplete series, and cross-referencing to records no longer extant, can make their contents elusive. To the breadth of the chapter's general analysis several case studies of individual doctors or practices are added to illustrate the diversity of general practice in greater depth.

Keywords:   general practice, medical practice, general practitioners, medical treatment standards, physicians

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