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Private Complaints and Public Health: Richard Titmuss on the National Health Service

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7472.983 (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:983
  1. David J Hunter, professor of health policy and management (d.j.hunter@durham.ac.uk)
  1. School for Health, University of Durham

    With the NHS undergoing the most fundamental change in its 56 year history, this book is a timely reminder of important policy dilemmas that we ignore at our peril. Richard Titmuss is best known as one of the last century's foremost social policy thinkers. His penetrating insights into aspects of health policy during the 1950s and 1960s are unsurpassed. This collection of his writings brings together remarkably prescient commentaries on aspects of health, health care, and the NHS.


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    Eds Ann Oakley, Jonathan Barker

    Policy Press, £19.99, pp 242 ISBN 1 86134 560 7

    http://www.policypress.org.uk/

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    Titmuss is perhaps best known for his treatise on the gift relationship and altruism, using the example of voluntary blood donation as symbolising the difference …

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