People's History of the NHS


Computers as GPs?

In the late-1970s, clinicians developed computers which could automatically ask patients for basic information, and provide patients with answers and even with psychotherapy. One such programme was called Mickie (Medical Interviewing Computer in Ermintrude), and was used at the Fulham general practice of Dr Geoffrey Dove (pictured above). The Guardian reported that Dove 'doesn't see the device demeaning his job, or making it impersonal' but rather as 'a device to enable the rushed modern GP to have the kind of knowledge, and relationship with patients an old-fashioned country GP might have.'

‘Switch to your GP Mark II’, Guardian, 12 December 1978, p. 11.

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