Doctors and Rules

Doctors and Rules : A Sociology of Professional Values

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Doctors and Rules is a unique and immensely scholarly book. It draws on material which has informed our civilization, including many of the social sciences-history, sociology, and psychology, as well as law. The author accesses the current importance of the Hippocratic tradition within medicine, and puts forward various models of its practice. He seeks to expose the often inarticulated foundation of contemporary debates about the law, medicine, and health, and to question some common assumptions of the functionsand structures of social and legal order. The book challenges the idea that legal rules should be respected merely because they exist and because they play a part in centralizing the organization of society. It rejects the notion that the courts always, or even often, offer useful mechanisms for defining and settling disputes. On the contrary, the author sees in their formalism many things which hinder the common cause of humanity. Only a skeptic trained in law but also deeply concerned by our fate and circumstances could have produced it. It also contributes both to the sociology of law and the sociology of medicine. Out of a reassertion of old ways, this book presents a new blueprint for future professional conduct. It is rich in questions and ideas for researchers, teachers, and professionals in the fields of law, medical sociology, and medicine and generally for those concerned with the place of professional conduct.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0765804778
  • 9780765804778

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-[Jacob's] work argues for careful, critical restoration of civilized institutions, by contrast with the calls of the consumer, enterprise, or science culture. Read it, especially if you worry about patients and clients--and doctors.- --Thomas Sherwood, The Lancet -In the current cascade of works on ethical and legal aspects of medicine, there is the occasional contribution which goes beyond the wearisome repetition of fashionable and received ideas. Joseph Jacob has written such a book. He is to be thanked for it, and admired for his courage.- --Alexander McCall Smith, Times Higher Education Supplement "[Jacob's] work argues for careful, critical restoration of civilized institutions, by contrast with the calls of the consumer, enterprise, or science culture. Read it, especially if you worry about patients and clients--and doctors." --Thomas Sherwood, The Lancet "In the current cascade of works on ethical and legal aspects of medicine, there is the occasional contribution which goes beyond the wearisome repetition of fashionable and received ideas. Joseph Jacob has written such a book. He is to be thanked for it, and admired for his courage." --Alexander McCall Smith, Times Higher Education Supplement "[Jacob's] work argues for careful, critical restoration of civilized institutions, by contrast with the calls of the consumer, enterprise, or science culture. Read it, especially if you worry about patients and clients--and doctors." --Thomas Sherwood, The Lancet "In the current cascade of works on ethical and legal aspects of medicine, there is the occasional contribution which goes beyond the wearisome repetition of fashionable and received ideas. Joseph Jacob has written such a book. He is to be thanked for it, and admired for his courage." --Alexander McCall Smith, Times Higher Education Supplement
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