Letters Role of the doctor

To care for patients’ wellbeing

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39416.497257.BE (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1169
  1. Richard D Colman, occupational physician
  1. 1York YO62 7JW
  1. richardcol{at}doctors.org.uk

    It may help us to understand our core role as doctors if we understand and accept the responsibilities that come from being a member of a “profession.”1 The definition and concept I relate to was expressed by John K Davies back in 1991.2

    He thinks a professional’s duty is not primarily to please but to …

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