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Themselves Writ Large: The British Medical Association 1832–1966

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1016
  1. Frank Prochaska, research fellow

    Peter Bartrip BMJ Publishing Group, £29.95, pp 400 ISBN 0 7279 0998 3

    In an address in 1959, the Duke of Edinburgh described the British Medical Association as an institutional expression of democracy. Peter Bartrip's informative and scholarly analysis of this contentious, volatile, and adaptive organisation largely bears out the duke's contention. Certainly, the BMA's founder, the midlands practitioner Charles Hastings, would have been comfortable with the conservative idea of power being immanent in voluntary institutions. Since the second world war, the organisation may be seen as a prime example of participatory, associational democracy. In an age of state supremacy, it has come …

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