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Medical regulation, fitness to practice and revalidation: a critical introduction

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posted on 12.06.2015, 08:45 authored by Martyn Chamberlain
Medical sociology has long been concerned with the role played by specialist forms of expertise in enabling the governance of ‘troublesome’ social groups- including, the unwell, the ‘deviant’ and the criminally insane. However, only recently has it begun to explore how the state ensures the public is protected from acts of medical malpractice, negligence and criminality. Against the background of a series of high-profile scandals, including the case of Dr Harold Shipman who murdered over 200 of his patients, this topical and authoritative book examines how the regulation of doctors has been modernised by the introduction of the quality assurance process medical revalidation. In doing so, it questions if there indeed is evidence to support the argument that revalidation serves the public interest by ensuring individual doctors are fit to practice. Highlighting areas of good practice and areas for further research and development, the book is ideal for academics and postgraduates interested in medical sociology, medical education, health policy and related subjects.



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  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


CHAMBERLAIN, J.M., 2015. Medical regulation, fitness to practice and revalidation. Bristol: Policy Press.


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