The College of General Practitioners was founded in 1952, The Practitioner described it as ‘an outstanding event in the history of British medicine.’ A claim that can best be understood in relation to the history of general practice in Britain and its troubled state in the years immediately following the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948.
This large site contains much information about the institutional workings of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Great Britain. The site describes the establishment of general practice (primary care/family medicine) as a speciality and academic discipline. Background information is given concerning the history of general practice, foundation of the College, history of the College and its building, and a detailed chronology. The archives of the college also include institutional records, personal papers, photographs and recordings, although only a guide to these resources is available online. This site would be helpful to wide range of historians, especially those interested in the history of modern medicine in Great Britain or events following the shift in British medicine to fit the newly established national health system.