Social Goals and Doctors’ Roles: Commentary on the Essays of Robert M. Cook-Deegan and Stuart F. Spicker

  • Wendy K. Mariner
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 29)


The metaphor of physician as captain of the ship seems to assume a single or unified function. Most of the papers in this volume present evidence to the contrary, setting forth a panoply of functions, many of them irreconcilable, the primacy of which depends on the perspective of the observer. Indeed, physicians may serve as scientific investigators, diagnosticians, patient advisors, skilled technicians, team supervisors, palliative caregivers, consultants to legislators and policy makers, rationing agents, administrators, and more. This is no surprise.


Health Care System Social Goal Health Care Delivery System Moral Authority Health Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy K. Mariner
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBoston

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