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The Idea of Legitimate Authority in the Practice of Medicine

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Title
The Idea of Legitimate Authority in the Practice of Medicine
Published in
AMA Journal of Ethics, February 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.2.sect1-1702
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Abstract

Legitimate authority is the normative power to govern, where a normative power is the ability to change the normative situation of others. Correlatively, when one has the normative power to govern others, these others face a normative liability to be governed. So understood, physicians do not have legitimate authority over their patients, and patients do not have legitimate authority over their physicians. An authority is legitimate only when it is a free group agent constituted by its free members. On this conception, associations of physicians sometimes have legitimate authority over individual physicians, and physicians sometimes count as members subject to the legitimate authority of these associations. This might be so even when they have not consented to membership.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 7 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 3 43%
Researcher 1 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 14%
Student > Postgraduate 1 14%
Other 1 14%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 3 43%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 14%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 14%
Social Sciences 1 14%
Philosophy 1 14%
Other 0 0%