Medical Education: Past, Present and Future - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443074738

Medical Education: Past, Present and Future

1st Edition

Handing on Learning

Author: Kenneth Calman
Hardcover ISBN: 9780443074738
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 17th October 2006
Page Count: 560

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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.

Key Features

  • An ambitious but timely project made readable and specific by the use of a case-based approach - a book of this range and type has not been attempted since the early 20th century
  • Written by a known expert in the field and therefore individualistic - but with a real insider's attributes of being able to discriminate between what does and does not matter - the insider viewpoint - especially of someone so recently involved at the centre of political and educational debate
  • The overall theme of "regulation" covers not just the professionals' viewpoint but also the public's - and therefore covers political influences on the educational and regulatory process

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.


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About the Author

Kenneth Calman

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chancellor, University of Durham and Chancellor, University of Glasgow