Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Geoffrey Rivett, 506 pp, paper, £25, ISBN 1-85717-148-9, King's Fund Publishing, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1M 0AN, UK, http://www.kingsfund.org.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org; 1998.
From Cradle to Grave: Fifty Years of the NHS, by Geoffrey Rivett, a general practitioner with extensive management experience in the Department of Health of the United Kingdom (whose wife is a nurse) is a formidable, exhaustive if not definitive chronology in 500 pages. It is clearly a labor of love, and probably requires a comparable level of affection for the National Health Service (NHS) to sustain one's interest.
The author has chosen to organize his account by decade from 1948 through 1999, with three main parts: an introduction devoted to the precursory events, a chapter for each of the five decades comprising approximately 100 pages plus some 300 references, and a summary of perspectives.
The NHSFrom Cradle to Grave: Fifty Years of the NHS. JAMA. 1999;282(4):384-386. doi:10.1001/jama.282.4.384-JBK0728-2-1