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Title: Liverpool's medical community, 1930-1998 : social, knowledge and business networks
Author: Goodbody, Felix
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 645X
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis provides a social history of Liverpool's medical community between 1930 and 1998. The development of medical societies, local professional organisations, hospitals and general practice is used as a lens to explore how professional networks mediated the reception of national health service reform and professional change. The working hypothesis of this study was that the mixed economy of pre-NHS medical work required practitioners to maintain frequent interactions across local networks in order to ensure a cohesive and harmonious professional environment. These networks were sustained through professional societies, clubs and organizations. However, the creation of the NHS challenged their traditional role through the introduction of increasingly formalised systems to govern career progression, postgraduate medical education and monitoring of professional standards. These new structures were administered at national level, and undermined the importance of local professional associations. This thesis enables a new perspective on the history of the NHS by demonstrating how local networks mediated the reception and discussion of changes to the national service. Practitioners from a range of clinical areas, professional and social backgrounds contributed to local medical culture, and accommodated local tradition and national reform during their careers. This thesis demonstrates how medical identity was anchored in local networks, and these links had a fundamental influence on practitioners' engagement with national reform.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral