Who Chartered This Ship?

  • Peter J. Morris
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 29)


Team medicine is not a recent invention. The reality of the physician as captain of the ship was eroding before bureaucratic-professional, technological-scientific, and economic arguments or justifications for teams existed. The physician as captain of the ship was endangered when the passengers — or patients — mutinied, not because of changes in the crew. The crew has certainly influenced how the ship sails, but this ship sails for its passengers.


Nurse Practitioner Physical Therapist Health Care Team Ally Health Professional Economic Argument 


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Morris
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  1. 1.Wake County Department of HealthRaleigh

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