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A delayed inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria's 75-year wait to find doctors guilty of "infamous conduct in a professional respect"

Wolf, Gabrielle 2015, A delayed inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria's 75-year wait to find doctors guilty of "infamous conduct in a professional respect", Journal of law and medicine, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 568-587.

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Title A delayed inheritance: The Medical Board of Victoria's 75-year wait to find doctors guilty of "infamous conduct in a professional respect"
Author(s) Wolf, GabrielleORCID iD for Wolf, Gabrielle orcid.org/0000-0003-0932-6771
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 568
End page 587
Total pages 20
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015-03
ISSN 1320-159X
Summary The Medical Board of Victoria (Board) was created in 1844 to register “legally qualified medical practitioners”. It was not until 1933, however, that the Board attained the power to remove from its register a doctor who had engaged in “infamous conduct in a professional respect” (the power), even though the General Council of Medical Education and Registration of the United Kingdom on which the Board was modelled had been granted the power 75 years earlier. This article argues that the delay in the Board’s inheritance was attributable to successive Victorian Parliaments’ distrust of the Board and that this attitude was unwarranted, at least from early in the 20th century. The article maintains that the granting of the power to the Board was a crucial event in the history of the regulation of the Victorian medical profession. This is illustrated both by the difficulty encountered by the medical profession in dealing with doctors’ unethical conduct before 1933, and the Board’s concern to use its new authority responsibly and appropriately to protect the public and the profession in the three years after it attained the power.
Language eng
Field of Research 180119 Law and Society
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
180119 Law and Society
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Thomson Reuters
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078396

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Law
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