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

Professions and the Public Interest

Medical Power, Altruism and Alternative Medicine

By: Mike Saks

Paperback Published: 24th November 1994
ISBN: 9780415116688
Number Of Pages: 328

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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.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Sociology, Professions and the Public Interest: A Research Framework
The sociology of professions and the professional altruism ideal: a critical review
The development of a viable conception of the public interest
The role of professions: power, interests and causality
An Empirical Application: The Response of the Medical Profession to Acupuncture in Britain
Alternative medicine: the case of acupuncture
Potential explanations for the rejection of acupuncture in Britain
Acupuncture and British medicine: the influence of professional power and interests
The medical reception of acupuncture in Britain: professional ideologies and the public interest
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415116688
ISBN-10: 0415116686
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 24th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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