Half a century in medicine through the eyes of a physician

John E Hassall



Much has happened in the field of medicine over the past 50 years. Here is a personal account of how medicine has evolved, covering selected aspects of both the technological advances that have changed the management of diseases and the issues affecting the practice of the profession as a business.

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When reflecting on some of the changes in medical practice to which my generation has borne witness during the last 50 years, and allowing my professional life to flash before my eyes, some recall bias and parochialism are unavoidable. Before discussing the technological advances which have transformed the medical landscape, I will reflect briefly on some of the less spectacular changes which have influenced our hearts and minds, including those affecting the make-up of the medical workforce, how it has been educated and the environment in which it has practised.