‘“Grave Cause for Concern”? Private Practice, Professional Disputes and the Treatment of Heroin Addiction in Britain During the 1980s’


Mold, A; (2007) ‘“Grave Cause for Concern”? Private Practice, Professional Disputes and the Treatment of Heroin Addiction in Britain During the 1980s’. Contemporary British history. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

This article examines the debate surrounding the role played by private doctors in the treatment of heroin addiction in Britain during the 1980s. Whilst there were a number of problems connected with the treatment of addiction in private practice, this debate was something of a surface issue masking a deeper professional dispute. The involvement of general practitioners, whether in private or National Health Service practice, posed a threat to the recently established specialist status of psychiatrists working in the field. This came at a time when the specialist psychiatric approach to drug addition was increasingly being challenged by other non-medical agencies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for History in Public Health
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/19401

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