Profession of Medicine: A Study of the Sociology of Applied Knowledge

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"Must be judged as a landmark in medical sociology."—Norman Denzin, Journal of Health and Social Behavior

"Profession of Medicine is a challenging monograph; the ideas presented are stimulating and thought provoking. . . . Given the expanding domain of what illness is and the contentions of physicians about their rights as professionals, Freidson wonders aloud whether expertise is becoming a mask for privilege and power. . . . Profession of Medicine is a landmark in the sociological analysis of the professions in modern society."—Ron Miller, Sociological Quarterly

"This is the first book that I know of to go to the root of the matter by laying open to view the fundamental nature of the professional claim, and the structure of professional institutions."—Everett C. Hughes, Science

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Eliot Freidson was Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University. He received his undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Professor Freidson is past Chairman of the Research Committee for Medical Sociology of the International Sociological Association; he has also served on scientific advisory boards for the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Center for Health Services Research and Development.

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