History: Medicine and Surgery (1945-present Modern)

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Modern Medicine 1945-Present


  • Barnard peformed first heart transplant in 1967
  • Beveridge introduced the idea of NHS during WWII
  • Bevan was the government minister that introduced the NHS
  • Watson & Crick discover DNA in 1953


  • The poor couldn't afford doctors before the NHS. Family members were left to treat the sick
  • NHS ensured that everyone could see the doctor and people no longer died at home
  • Better distribution of doctors around the country after NHS
  • Doctors opposed NHS as they no longer controlled fees, hours


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