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Medical politics in Australia in the 1870s

David Molloy
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): 655-657.
Published online: 6 December 2004

Doctors’ concerns in 2004 look remarkably similar to those they were expressing more than a century ago

Doctors often yearn for the good old times when governments didn’t interfere and economic security was matched by an unfettered freedom to practise their skills, but did these times ever exist? Delving into the Australian Medical Journal (AMJ) from 1870 to 1879 suggests that the medicopolitical issues confronting the profession have changed very little. Medicine today is more sophisticated, but the politics is not and has lost a certain character-forming robustness.

  • David Molloy

  • AMA Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

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Acknowledgements: 

I thank Professor John Pearn for his advice and access to his article on Mr Beaney, a leading but controversial surgeon of the time.

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