Professions and the Public Interest: Medical Power, Altruism and Alternative Medicine

Professions and the Public Interest: Medical Power, Altruism and Alternative Medicine

by Mike Saks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415018056

ISBN-13: 9780415018050

Pub. Date: 11/24/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The importance and influence of professions in public life has grown increasingly over the twentieth century but the question of whether they subordinate their own self-interests to the public interest has yet to be adequately researched within a major sociological perspective. In Professions and the Public Interest Mike Saks develops a theoretical and

Overview

The importance and influence of professions in public life has grown increasingly over the twentieth century but the question of whether they subordinate their own self-interests to the public interest has yet to be adequately researched within a major sociological perspective. In Professions and the Public Interest Mike Saks develops a theoretical and methodological framework for assessing professional groups in Western society. The empirical applicability of this framework is demonstrated with particular reference to a novel case study of the response of the medical profession to acupuncture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Professions and the Public Interest will be of great interest to all lecturers and students of social policy, sociology, and medical sociology as well as to professional groups and their members.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415018050
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/24/1994
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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