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33 – Dr Julian Tudor Hart

Dr Julian Tudor Hart spent 30 years as a GP in a South Wales mining community, and his passionate writing and shrewd research made him a legend in the profession.

He is credited with being the first doctor to routinely measure blood pressure, showing that it is possible to reduce premature mortality in high-risk patients by almost 30%.

He is also well known for describing the ‘inverse care law’, under which patients with the greatest need receive the poorest quality healthcare, particularly where health economies are subject to market forces.

Now retired, he stepped briefly back into the limelight in February, penning a strongly worded critique of the NHS reforms in Pulse.


This article appeared as part of Pulse’s list of the top 50 most influential GPs of 2011. The full list can be found here.