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November 7, 1959

The Life and Times of Sir Charles Hastings, Founder of the British Medical Association

JAMA. 1959;171(10):1435. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010280159035

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This is the biography of the man who in 1832 founded the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association in Worcester, the oldest association of general practitioners in England. Since this later merged with other local medical societies to form the British Medical Association, Hastings is credited with being its founder. In those days as in modern times there were many heated controversies involving medical standards, general policy, and laws related to medical practice. Hastings took an active part in all such matters and for many years served as a secretary of the Provincial association. The style of this biography is leisurely, and it should appeal to those who have a special interest in medical history. Furthermore, in anyone who has lived in the Midlands it is sure to awaken pleasant memories. At the end of the volume there is a bibliography of Hastings' writings, a general bibliography, and an index.

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