A History of the Royal College of General Practitioners: The by John H. Hunt (auth.), John Fry OBE, MD, FRCS, FRCGP, R. J.

By John H. Hunt (auth.), John Fry OBE, MD, FRCS, FRCGP, R. J. F. H. Pinsent OBE, MD, Hon.FRCGP (eds.)

John P. Horder, President, 1980-82 the 1st 30 years of the varsity were an exhilarating event for these so much heavily concerned. a few have already handed on, yet this account has been written quickly adequate for lots of of the actors to be historians. destiny contributors of the school may be thankful to them for what they've got written, in addition to for what they did as a remarkably decided and harmonious staff. scholars of 20th century medication during this kingdom can also be thankful for a first-hand account of the advance of an establishment which has been heavily linked to, and partially liable for, vital adjustments in treatment and schooling. those that learn those pages may well ask yourself how the developers of this younger university may have stumbled on time to do a lot basic perform. They did. the 3 editors of this historical past, which covers 25 years, and the final practitioner participants of the guidance Committee all ran huge practices, during which they labored very demanding all through that point. such a lot in their paintings for the school used to be performed in the course of off-duty hours, weekends and vacations. the school couldn't have built because it did, had they no longer been individually curious about the sensible difficulties and wishes of scientific medication. this can be additionally actual of some of the individuals. it truly is very unlikely to say every person who merits credits. The editors desire that they are forgiven for any critical omissions.

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Our difficulties, great as they are, sometimes pale into significance when compared with those he had to overcome ... without his tremendous drive, his patience, his 46 PRESIDENTS AND CHAIRMEN OF COUNCIL Plate 6 Harry N. Levitt 1964 perseverance, his buoyant personality and his humility, he could not have succeeded .... in the 1870s there were too many practitioners and, consequently, competition was keen, fees low, jealousy and ill-feeling very common and discontent rife .... The College's Education Foundation Board began its work during this year.

Three Research Newsletters were published. Full accounts of the College's progress, over the years, in educational matters - undergraduate, vocational and continuing education - will be found in Chapters VIII and IX. The first Scottish Council was founded with J. M. Henderson as chairman. Criteria for membership and associateship and a possible examination were discussed. A Board of Censors was elected. Commander A. E. P. Doran was appointed lay secretary of the College. During George Abercrombie's term of office the first James Mackenzie Lecture was delivered by William Pickles on 'Epidemiology in Country Practice'.

Levitt Chairman of Council 1964 At the Annual General Meeting on November 21 1964, Professor Richard Scott's eleventh James Mackenzie Lecture was on 'Medicine in Society'. He pointed out how the present state of affairs in general practice in every country was the concern of nearly everyone and not only of family doctors themselves. He said, I welcome the increasing boldness of our own College in accepting the view that, while we are not, and never will be, a medical political organization, we must accept the challenge to produce yardsticks by which we can measure quality of care in general practice, and be more specific about the time, the tools and the training which are required.

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