From Cradle to Grave: Fifty Years of the NHSBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7124.83 (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:83
- Charles Webster, senior research fellow
- All Souls College, Oxford
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 …