Medicine and law as model professions: the heart of the matter (and how we have missed it).

Atkinson, R.
Submitted: January, 2013

Connects classical theories about the care of the body and the soul with modern theories of market and government failure. Distinguish two kinds of professions, caring professions like medicine and public professions like law, by identifying the distinctive virtue of each. The distinctive virtue of the caring professions is single-minded commitment to those in their care, their principals, to the virtual exclusion of all other concerns; the distinctive virtue of the public professions is commitment to the common good, sometimes even at the expense of their principals’ self-defined interest. Presents a practical guide to professionals themselves for better service to both the individuals in their care and the common good of all humankind.

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