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Publication type: Journal Article

Wynia MK, Latham SR, Kao AC, Berg JW, Emanuel LL.
Medical professionalism in society.
N Engl J Med 1999 Nov 18; 341:(21):1612-6

MeSH Terms: Dissent and Disputes* Ethics, Medical* Ethics, Professional Group Processes* Humans Moral Obligations* Patient Advocacy* Peer Review, Health Care Persons Physician's Role* Physicians* Professional Practice/standards* Public Health Social Justice Social Responsibility* Social Values* Sociology, Medical Virtues Vulnerable Populations


Today, at the dawn of a new century, genuine medical professionalism is in peril. Increasingly, physicians encounter perverse financial incentives, fierce market competition, and the erosion of patients’ trust,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 yet most physicians are ill equipped to deal with these threats.8,9 The role of professionalism has been so little discussed that it has virtually disappeared in the battle between those who favor market competition in a trillion-dollar industry and those who seek greater government regulation.8 Physicians, feeling trapped between these camps, are turning to . . .


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