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Is Dentistry a Profession? Part 1. Professionalism DefinedFULL TEXT
• Jos V.M. Welie, MMedS, JD, PhD •
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Rather than reviewing the manifold and divergent discussions in the literature about professionalism, the author proposes — in this first of 3 consecutive articles — a definition of the term “profession” that is based on the literal origins of the word.
Next, it is argued that a profession arises out of a social contract between the public and a service occupation that professes to give priority to the existential needs of the people served. In the second article, the author deduces several professional responsibilities. The third and final article examines whether and to what extent dentistry fulfills these responsibilities and outlines some future challenges.
MeSH Key Words: dental care/standards; dentist-patient relations; ethics, dental; professional practice/trendsReply to this article | View replies 
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