Farewell Doctor Finlay

Farewell Doctor Finlay

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Summary

Part one of two. Dr Margaret McCartney and leading medical historians tell the story of general practice from the surgeon-apothecaries of the mid-18th century to the troubled early years of the NHS. In 1858, the Medical Act introduced the registration of doctors and created the General Medical Council, which still regulates GPs today. Medical author Julian Tudor Hart describes how the National Insurance Act of 1911 meant GPs could `prescribe money' in the form of benefits to sick and injured men, at a time when most medicine was ineffective. Only in the 1930s - the period when Dr Finlay's Casebook was set - did a new generation of effective medicines come into being.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Margaret McCartney
Contributor Julian Tudor Hart
Producer Mike Hally
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