The State of Medicine

A Critical Review

  • John W. Todd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. John W. Todd
    Pages 1-20
  3. John W. Todd
    Pages 21-36
  4. John W. Todd
    Pages 37-45
  5. John W. Todd
    Pages 47-67
  6. John W. Todd
    Pages 69-104
  7. John W. Todd
    Pages 105-113
  8. John W. Todd
    Pages 115-134
  9. John W. Todd
    Pages 135-169
  10. John W. Todd
    Pages 171-211
  11. John W. Todd
    Pages 213-225
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book


As a young general practitioner new to the field I recall how stimulated and excited I was by reading Dr John W. Todd's papers in the Lancet some 20-30 years ago. It was as though a lot of dust had been blown away and I was able for once to see the situation of medicine much more clearly. He became one of my medical heroes to add to John Ryle, Henry Cohen and Rene Dubois - all of whom have influenced my own approach to medical care and caring of my patients. Now in 1981, it is a pleasure to write an introductory foreword to this book. The State oj Medicine represents the clear and honest thoughts of a most unusual person. Until his retirement John W. Todd was a general physician in Farnham, Surrey. He was relatively unknown to the medical profession outside Surrey apart from his occasional writings. The ten chapters show the build-up of wide experience and deep philosophy that accumulated during his years in practice. I find that I am as stimulated and excited now reading them, as I was 20-30 years ago. I may not agree with all that he writes and others likewise may disagree completely - but I commend the work as an invigorating experience.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John W. Todd
    • 1
  1. 1.FarnhamUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-7247-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7245-5
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