Medicine And Books

From Cradle to Grave: Fifty Years of the NHS

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:83
  1. Charles Webster, senior research fellow
  1. All Souls College, Oxford

    Geoffrey Rivett

    King's Fund Publishing, £25, pp 506 ISBN 1 85 717 1489

    In his foreword, prime minister Tony Blair recommends Dr Rivett's work as an appropriate celebration of the past and as a perspective “which will help us plan for the future.” Rivett has accomplished a daunting task: within the space of a single volume he has provided a decade by decade account of the work of the National Health Service. It is the only book to provide both a survey of policy change and a full account of professional and clinical developments.

    The latter is a particular strength of the book. Besides providing a great deal of information about medical advance, Rivett …

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