Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Sir Donald Irvine, President of the United Kingdom's medical regulatory
body, the General Medical Council (GMC), from 1995 to 2002, presents a personal
perspective of medicine in the United Kingdom, culminating in the events that
led to and influenced the Bristol inquiry and catalyzed changes in the GMC,
the National Health Service (NHS), and the culture, practice, and study of
medicine. Sir Donald candidly analyzes the views and actions of principal
players (individuals and organizations) who influenced, or were influenced
by, the events and initiatives that shaped the movement to medical accountability.
Sir Donald was a key figure in medicine in this accountability movement. However,
without a chronological listing of his administrative roles, there seems to
be a "slow reveal" of them as his story is told. Nevertheless, the book is
masterfully written and does not require the reader to know the players to
enjoy it or to appreciate its contribution to medical professionalism.
Ferris LE. Professionalism. JAMA. 2004;292(8):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.983