Generalists, Specialists, and Others

Anne Digby

in The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198205135
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676512 | DOI:
Generalists, Specialists, and Others

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Within a wider medical world, inter- and intra-professional disputes over medical terrain meant that the role of GPs, indeed their survival in a very competitive situation, became problematic. The GP's existence was threatened by an expanding municipal health sector spearheaded by Medical Officers of Health, an increasing takeover of childbirth by midwives, and permeable, shifting boundaries relative to the specialist. This chapter addresses the following questions: Would the evolving division of labour leave the generalist in a contracting, residual position as was happening in some other countries? Alternatively, would the growing practice of referral stabilize the relationship of generalists and specialists?

Keywords: general practice; general practitioners; medical practice; medical terrain; Medical Officers of Health

Chapter.  9233 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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