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.