Introduction: taking stock of medical dominance

Willis, Evan
December 2006
Health Sociology Review;Dec2006, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p421
Academic Journal
More than 20 years have elapsed since the book that is the subject of this special edition was published. The aim in this scene-setting introductory paper is to undertake a stock-taking of status of doctors, doctoring and professionalism as we head into the 21st century. It considers the various challenges to medical dominance of health systems including neo-liberalism and economic rationalism, a growth in consumerism and associated litigiousness, the change from a cottage industry basis to mass markets as medicine has been industrialised, the rise of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and changing roles of other health care professionals.


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