Views And Reviews

Professionalism Reborn: Theory, Prophecy, and Policy

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1175 (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1175
  1. J P Bunker

    Eliot Freidson Polity Press, £39.50, pp 238 ISBN 0–7456–1280–6

    As doctors in the NHS find themselves increasingly forced to defend their professional status, Professionalism Reborn provides a welcome framework for debate. With the stated intention of exploring the general phenomenon of professionalism, the author draws heavily from his long term studies of medicine. The issues he discusses and the messages and advice he offers are generic ones as relevant to the NHS as to his native America.

    Professor Freidson postulates that “professionalism is being reborn in a hierarchical form in which everyday practitioners become subject to …

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