Definitions of professionalism: a search for meaning and identity.

  title={Definitions of professionalism: a search for meaning and identity.},
  author={Frederic W. Hafferty},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
This paper examines issues of medical professionalism using definitions and meanings as its analytic lens. It explores similarities, differences, and changes in meaning and interpretation over time and across three primary literatures of professionalism: sociology, medicine, and education. In compiling these literatures, three stages in the evolution of medical professionalism emerged: the first (1980s-early 1990s) was dominated by the polemics of professionalism and commercialism; a second… CONTINUE READING
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