medical professionalism

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The form of professionalism that is, or ought to be, a distinguishing characteristic of the medical profession. Its qualities include knowledge of basic and applied medical sciences, technical skill, the virtues of integrity, compassion, altruism, and the quality that the great Canadian physician William Osler (1849–1919) described as equanimity. The same qualities are required to a considerable extent by all public health professionals.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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