Title: Occupational Monopoly and Modern Medicine. 1st in dj.
Publisher:  Tavistock Publications, London, 1983, ISBN:0422783005
Seller ID: 105250
LARKIN, Gerald. Occupational Monopoly and Modern Medicine. London: Tavistock Publications, (1983). Pp. [i]-viii,(2),-212,(2). 8vo, red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "From past feuds between apothecaries, physicians, and surgeons to the more recent disputes between sectors of the medical profession and other health occupations, the history of the provision of health care is one of continuous struggles between various groups attempting to secure a monopolistic dominance. This in turn has involved the State in attempts to mediate between differing interests and establish controls over practice, training, and registration. Gerald Larkin's study is an account of developments in this area in the first half of the twentieth century, whichsaw a dramatic expansion, both in the number of health workers and types o f health occupations. In particular, he analyses the history of four groups: ophthalmic opticians, radiographers, physiotherapists, and chiropodists. Each group of para-medical workers is seen as attempting to create and defend role boundaries, and their leaders, it is argued, have played a substantial part in influencing the evolution of the medical division of labour, within the context of dominance by both doctors and the State." -- from dust jacket. Very good in dust jacket. 40.00