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A history of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The first 25 years

Medical History
Cambridge University Press
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Book Reviews (1919-1923), as models of wise policy and sensible treatment. They can, and should, function as beacons for contemporary reformers. I have a few quarrels with Professor Trebach. I do not think that the British experience with narcotic drugs is as applicable to-America as he does. And I think that his view of the past tends to be too narrowly legal. But these are minor reservations about a splendid book. While this is not a history book, it contains a great deal of good history. And the uses that Professor Trebach makes of the past are, like his book as a whole, intelligent and humane. Terry M. Parssinen Temple University Philadelphia, Pa JOHN FRY, LORD HUNT OF FAWLEY, and R. J. F. H. PINSENT (editors), A history of the Royal College of General Practitioners. The first 25 years, London, MTP Press, 1983, 8vo. pp. xiii, 270, illus., £9.95. This book consists of twenty-two independent chapters by a variety of authors, documenting the development of different aspects of the Royal College of General Practitioners over the last twenty-five years. These chapters cover topics from the College's formation to a history of the College insignia, and most have been written by College luminaries who were personally involved in the events they describe. On the one hand, this proximity of its authors to recent events provides a very readable book with much fascinating, if at times trivial, background detail. On the other hand, this intimate acquaintance with events has precluded a more distant - and perhaps more critical - assessment of the College's first twenty-five years. It might be expected that participants in the College's history would be able to offer unique insights into events, and yet perhaps one of the most remarkable things about the book is the absence of private observation. The College, of course, was founded at a time when such events were part and parcel of the public domain, whether in the correspondence columns of medicaljournals or in the College's own formal records, so th

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