The dynamics of heresy in a profession.

  title={The dynamics of heresy in a profession.},
  author={Paul Root Wolpe},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={39 9},
It has been suggested that the term 'heresy' be rehabilitated to describe challenges to ideology in a profession. However, the term has been used in a variety of ways, impairing its descriptive utility. Using a variety of examples of potential heretical ideas in modern science and medicine, this paper tries to carefully define heresy and distinguish it from other forms of ideological challenge to a profession, such as challenges to knowledge products and challenges to authority. A dramaturgical… CONTINUE READING

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