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Richard M. Titmuss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349518

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349518.001.0001

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The National Health Service in England

The National Health Service in England

Science and the sociology of medical care

(p.118) 10 The National Health Service in England
Essays on the Welfare State

Richard M. Titmuss

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This concluding chapter reviews how, during the past decade, there has been an increasing volume of studies and reports on general practice in Britain, the United States, and other countries. No doubt much of this interest has been provoked by the growing impact of scientific developments on medicine over the same period. These have raised many questions about the present state of general practice, its historical evolution, and its future place in medical care. The chapter discusses the association of these developments with the changing character of demand for medical care and its effects on the doctor–patient relationship. It also looks at the questions of science and specialism in a broader historical context.

Keywords:   general practice, Britain, United States, medicine, scientific developments, specialism, medical care

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