Perspective: Medical professionalism and medical education should not involve commitments to political advocacy.

@article{Huddle2011PerspectiveMP,
  title={Perspective: Medical professionalism and medical education should not involve commitments to political advocacy.},
  author={Thomas S. Huddle},
  journal={Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges},
  year={2011},
  volume={86 3},
  pages={378-83}
}
It is increasingly suggested that political advocacy is a core professional responsibility for physicians. The author argues that this is an error. Advocacy on behalf of societal goals, even those goals as unexceptionable as the betterment of human health, is inevitably political. Claims that political advocacy are a professional responsibility are mistaken, the author argues, because (1) civic virtues are outside the professional realm, (2) even if civic virtues were professionally obligatory… CONTINUE READING
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