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    Venereology at the Polyclinic: postgraduate medical education among General Practitioners in England, 1899–1914

    Hanley, Anne (2015) Venereology at the Polyclinic: postgraduate medical education among General Practitioners in England, 1899–1914. Medical History 59 (2), pp. 199-221. ISSN 0025-7273.

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    In 1899 the British Medical Journal enthusiastically announced that a new postgraduate teaching college was to open in London. The aim of the Medical Graduates’ College and Polyclinic (MGC) was to provide continuing education to general practitioners. It drew upon emerging specialisms and in so doing built upon the generalist training received at an undergraduate level. Courses were intended to refresh knowledge and to introduce general practitioners to new knowledge claims and clinical practices. The establishment of postgraduate institutions such as the MGC marked an important stage in the development of medical education in England. Yet these institutions, and the emergence of postgraduate medical education more broadly, have been largely overlooked by historians. Moreover the history of venereological training among medical undergraduates and postgraduates alike has been overlooked. The study of such special subjects characterised postgraduate study. This article examines the dissemination of venereological knowledge among subscribers to MGC as an important case study for the development of institutionalised postgraduate medical education in England at the turn of the twentieth century.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Medical Graduates’ College, Postgraduate medicine, Medical specialism, General practitioners, Tabes dorsalis, Syphilis
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Anne Hanley
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 09:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:37


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