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The Bolam case established a principle of performance for doctors which has been extensively relied on since, although slightly modified and extended by the Bolitho case in 1997

The Windscale fire introduced worries about environmental radioactive contamination, as well as reducing the attractiveness of air-cooled graphite-moderated nuclear reactors with chimneys.

Balint's book, "The Doctor, his Patient, and the Illness" was published.

Asian influenza pandemic blunted in some countries by Maurice Hilleman's vaccination initiative of obtaining the virus from Hong Kong.

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  • Royal Commission on Remuneration of Doctors and Dentists