Journal article

Review: Fit to Practise: Empire, Race, Gender, and the Making of British Medicine, 1850–1980 by Douglas M. Haynes

Fallon Mody

Health and History | Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine | Published : 2018


In Fit to Practise, Douglas Haynes presents a well-researched political history of the British General Medical Council or GMC, describing the processes by which admission into the GMC register since its creation in 1858 was deployed as a political tool, to promote and protect Britain’s interests. Haynes examines the admission of marginal groups to the register—women, Jewish refugee doctors, overseas doctors of colour—as refl ecting the ‘fi ctive homogeneity’ of politically-constructed images of ‘British medicine’ (p. 6). These imaginings are shown to be in constant negotiation, refl ecting the tensions of changing and competing imperial, colonial, and national interests. In exploring which d..

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