Julian Tudor Hart

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Julian Tudor Hart
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Julian Tudor Hart (2007)
Alan Julian Macbeth Tudor-Hart[1][2]

(1927-03-09)9 March 1927
London, England
Died1 July 2018(2018-07-01) (aged 91)
EducationUniversity of Cambridge
Years active1952–2018
Known forinverse care law
Medical career
Fieldgeneral practitioner
Researchhealth inequalities

Alan Julian Macbeth Tudor-Hart FRCGP FRCP (9 March 1927 – 1 July 2018), commonly known as Julian Tudor Hart, was a British doctor who worked as a general practitioner (GP) in Wales for 30 years. He was involved with research and wrote many books and scientific articles.

Early life[edit]

Hart was born in London on 9 March 1927, the son of Dr Alexander Tudor-Hart and Dr Alison Macbeth. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and in London, graduating in 1952.[3]

He is a descendant of American businessman Frederic Tudor and Ephraim Hart, a Bavarian Jew who became a prominent merchant in New York, and was reportedly partners with John Jacob Astor. The name was originally Hirz.[4][5][6]

His paternal grandfather, the Canadian artist Percyval Hart, married his Polish-French cousin Éléonora Délia Julie Aimée Hart Kleczkowska, and later changed the family surname to Tudor-Hart. Kleczkowska was the daughter of diplomat Michel Alexandre Cholewa, comte Kleczkowski (Michał Kleczkowski; 1818–1886) and granddaughter of Julie Sobieska, a direct descendent of John III Sobieski, king of Poland in the 17th century.[7][8]

He was a member of the Sigerist Society from 1947 to 1955.

Hart joined the Communist Party of Great Britain, following his father Alex, and stood unsuccessfully as the CPGB candidate for Aberavon at the 1964, 1966 and 1970 general elections.[9]


He worked for 30 years as a general practitioner in Glyncorrwg, West Glamorgan, Wales, where one of his partners was Dr Brian Gibbons, later minister for health in Wales. Hart became involved in epidemiological research, with Richard Doll and Archie Cochrane. He was a passionate advocate of the National Health Service and of socialism. He was President of the Socialist Health Association.[10]

He was a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).[11]

In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Discovery Prize[12] by the RCGP as "a general practitioner who has captured the imagination of generations of GPs with his groundbreaking research". His practice in Glyncorrwg, Wales, was the first in the UK to be recognised as a research practice, piloting many Medical Research Council studies. He was also the first doctor to routinely measure every patient's blood pressure and as a result was able to reduce premature mortality in high risk patients at his practice by 30%. Graham Watt, Professor of General Practice at the University of Glasgow, nominated Dr Tudor Hart for the award. Professor Watt said: "His ideas and example pervade modern general practice and remain at the cutting edge of thinking and practice concerning health improvement in primary care. His work on hypertension showed how high quality records, teamwork and audit are the keys to health improvement. His life-long commitment to the daily tasks of general practice has always given his work and views a salience and credibility with fellow general practitioners. Julian Tudor Hart has been and will remain an inspiration to health practitioners and the communities they serve."

Hart died on 1 July 2018 at the age of 91 years.[13]


He wrote many books and scientific articles. His last book, The Political Economy of Health Care: A Clinical Perspective explores how the NHS might be reconstituted as a humane service for all (rather than a profitable one for the few) and a civilising influence on society as a whole. The book provides 'a big picture' for students, academics, health professionals and NHS users that Tudor Hart hopes will inspire them to challenge received wisdoms about how the NHS should develop in the 21st century.

Hart lists nine (9) characteristics of the National Health Service in its founding that are distinctive and essential to it.

  1. A united national service devoted directly and indirectly to care, fully available to all citizens.
  2. A gift economy including everyone, funded by general taxation, of which the largest component was income tax.
  3. Its most important inputs and processes are personal interactions between lay and professional people.
  4. Its products were potentially measurable as health gains for the whole population.
  5. Its staff and component units were not expected to compete for market share but to co-operate to maximise useful service.
  6. Continuity was central to its efficiency and effectiveness.
  7. Its local staff and local populations believed they had moral ownership of and loyalty to neighbourhood NHS units.
  8. None of its decisions and few of its procedures could be fully standardised. All of its decisions entailed some uncertainty and doubt. They were therefore unsuited to commodity form, either for personal sale or for long-term contracts.
  9. The NHS was a labour-intensive economy. Every new diagnostic or therapeutic machine generates new needs for more skilled staff able to control and interpret the work of the machines and translate them into human terms.

His other writing includes many articles on the management of high blood pressure and on the organisation of health services. His most influential, The Inverse Care Law, published in the Lancet 1971 asserts: "The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced."


Scientific articles[edit]

  • Hart, JT (1970). "Semi-continuous screening of a whole community for hypertension". Lancet. 2: 223–6. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(70)92582-1.
  • Hart, JT (1971). "The Inverse Care Law". Lancet. 1: 405–12. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(71)92410-x.
  • Hart, JT (1974). "Milroy Lecture: the marriage of primary care and epidemiology: continuous anticipatory care of whole populations in a state medical service". Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 8: 299–314.
  • Hart, JT (1975). "Management of high blood pressure in general practice. Butterworth Gold Medal essay". Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners. 25: 160–92.
  • Hart, JT (1982). "The Black Report: a challenge to politicians". Lancet. 1: 35–7. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(82)92569-7.
  • Hart, JT (1982). "Measurement of omission". British Medical Journal. 284: 1686–9. doi:10.1136/bmj.284.6330.1686.
  • Watt, GCM; Foy, CJW; Hart, JT (1983). "Comparison of blood pressure, sodium intake, and other variables in offspring with and without a family history of high blood pressure". Lancet. 1: 1245–8. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(83)92697-1.
  • Watt, GCM; Foy, CJW; Hart, JT; Bingham, G; Edwards, C; Hart, M; Thomas, E; Walton, P (1985). "Dietary sodium and arterial blood pressure: evidence against genetic susceptibility". British Medical Journal. 291: 1525–8. doi:10.1136/bmj.291.6508.1525. PMC 1418187.
  • Hart, JT (1985). "Practice nurses: an underused resource". British Medical Journal. 290: 1162–3. doi:10.1136/bmj.290.6476.1162.
  • Hart, JT; Humphreys, C (1987). "Be your own coroner: an audit of 500 consecutive deaths in a general practice". British Medical Journal. 294: 871–4. doi:10.1136/bmj.294.6576.871. PMC 1245930.
  • Hart, JT (1990). "Primary medical care in Spain". British Journal of General Practice. 40: 255–8. PMC 1371114. PMID 2117951.
  • Hart, JT; Thomas, C; Gibbons, B; Edwards, C; Hart, M; Jones, J; Jones, M; Walton, P (1991). "Twenty-give years of audited screening in a socially deprived community". British Medical Journal. 302: 1509–13.
  • Hart JT. "Two paths for medical practice. The Lancet 1992 sept 26; 340
  • Hart, JT (1992). "Rule of halves: implications of increasing diagnosis and reducing dropout for future workload and prescribing costs in primary care". British Journal of General Practice. 42: 116–9.
  • Hart, JT; Edwards, C; Haines, AP; Hart, M; Jones, J; Jones, M; Watt, GCM (1993). "High blood pressure screen-detected under 40: a general practice population followed for 21 years". British Medical Journal. 306: 437–40. doi:10.1136/bmj.306.6875.437.
  • Hart, JT (1995). "Clinical and economic consequences of patients as producers". Journal of Public Health Medicine. 17: 383–6.
  • Hart, JT; Dieppe, P (1996). "Caring effects". Lancet. 347: 1606–8. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(96)91083-1.
  • Hart, JT (1998). "Our feet set on a new path entirely: To the transformation of primary care and partnership with patients (Editorial)". British Medical Journal. 317: 1–2. JSTOR 25179698.
  • Hart, JT (1998). "Thoughts from an old GP". Lancet. 352: 51–2. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(98)02430-1.
  • Hart JT. The National Health Service as precursor for future society. 2002



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  1. ^ The Medical Directory: London, Provinces, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Abroad, Navy, Army & Air Force. J. & A. Churchill Limited. 1961. p. 2391. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ List of the Fellows, Members, Extra-licentiates and Licentiates of the Royal College of Physicians of London. London (England) Royal College of Physicians. 1952. p. 353.
  3. ^ Moorhead, Robert (March 2004). "Hart of Glyncorrwg". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 97 (3): 132–136. doi:10.1258/jrsm.97.3.132. Archived from the original on 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ MacGregor, Alasdair Alpin (1961). Percyval Tudor-Hart, 1873–1954: Portrait of an Artist. P. R. Macmillan. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "HART". Jewish Encyclopedia.
  6. ^ TUDOR-HART (PDF). The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ Lijewska, Elżbieta (2016). "Kuzynki Norwida: Euphemia Tudor Kleczkowska i Ketty Kleczkowska-Kierkpatrick". Studia Norwidiana (in Polish). pp. 169–185. doi:10.18290/sn.2016.34-9.
  8. ^ Tudor, John (1896). Deacon Tudor's Diary; Or, "Memorandoms from 1709, &c. Press of W. Spooner. p. 26. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  9. ^ Graham Stevenson, "Tudor Hart Julian", Compendium of Communist Biography
  10. ^ "Dr Julian Tudor Hart". Socialist Health Association. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  11. ^ Nursing Times, Nursing Mirror. Macmillan Journals. 1993. p. 57. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  12. ^ "General Practice research". Royal College of General Practitioners. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Tributes to pioneering Welsh doctor Julian Tudor Hart". BBC News. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.

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