The nature of professions: implications for psychiatry

Margaret Coady

in Psychiatric Ethics

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234318
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754548 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The nature of professions: implications for psychiatry

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Many attempts have been made to define the word ‘profession’ and as many challenges made to those definitions. This chapter will proceed in the spirit of Michael S. Pritchard's cheerful but realistic optimism – ‘There are no generally accepted definitions of ‘professions’ or ‘professionals’ but this should not present a barrier to fruitful enquiry’. The enquiry in this chapter will link some of the claims about the nature of professions to the ethical issues facing the professions. It will look at the way in which moral deliberation can overcome inherent ethical hazards in the professions.

Chapter.  7078 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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