Medical Education: Past, Present and Future

Handing on Learning


  • Kenneth Calman, KCB, MD, PhD, FRCS, F Med Sci, FRSE, Vice Chancellor, University of Durham and Chancellor, University of Glasgow

Highly Commended - BMA Awards 2007 - "I would certainly reccomend this book to all in Medical Education"

Medical education, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for those training in their chosen specialty, is currently undergoing great change. In Medical Education: Past, Presant and Future: Handing on Learning, Sir Kenneth Calman puts this change in its proper historical context and also examines the current upheavals and their implications for the future.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07473-8

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Past: Introduction. Ancient medicine: the beginnings of the art. Arabian medicine and the rise of the universities. Renaissance and reformation: books, bodies, blood and branding irons. Knowledge begins to grow: the 18th century. Resistance and reform: the 19th century. Bridging the centuries: America leads the way. The education revolution: the 20th century. Even more change: the last 15 years, 1990-2006

Part 2: The present: The themes. The aim of medicine: the roles and boundaries of the profession. The quest for competence: defining the professional. The selection of medical students. Learning and teaching in medicine. Beyond learning.

Part 3: The Future: Conclusions.