oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - The Primary Health Care Approach and Restructuring of the MB ChB : A Case Study at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Nadia Hartman : book review

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5127



This is a significant book in many ways, and essential reading for anyone involved in health sciences education. It is important for three reasons: firstly, it is a South African product, and more scholarship grounded in the African context is sorely needed. Secondly, it is originally conceptualised and rigorously constructed, based on the challenging experience of curriculum restructuring over a number of years, 'wrested from the vicissitudes of curriculum reform', as a colleague put it. And, thirdly, but most importantly, it succeeds in doing what many might imagine as impossible, namely to measure the primary healthcare approach (PHCA) in education.

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