Qualitative thesis explored social dislocation and health

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7012.1092a (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1092
  1. Ernst Philipp
  1. Retired general practitioner Eastbourne,Wellington 6008, New Zealand

    EDITOR,--Roland Petchey discusses J S Collings's report on general practice in England in 1950.1 In 1939, a decade before Collings's survey, I wrote my MD thesis on the conditions of the lives of the working population in a new district in relation to health. It was a qualitative and in depth thesis that used statistics as only a supporting framework, and it criticised the lack of attention paid to medical social problems by primary care doctors.

    I had started in practice in …

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