Trusting doctors is an original and important analysis of the decline of doctors moral authority and a subtle sociologically informed critique of contemporary medical bioethics robert zussman american journal of sociology. I did not know then that my observations reflected an age old dynamic between religion and medicine and sources of moral authority in medicine this is the story told by jonathan b imber a professor of sociology at wellesley college in trusting doctors the decline of moral authority in americanmedicine. Jonathan imbers trusting doctors is an original and important analysis of the decline of doctors moral authority and a subtle sociologically informed critique of contemporary medical bioethics that i disagree with both its premises and its conclusions is of entirely secondary significance . Trusting doctorsprovides valuable insights into the religious underpinnings of the doctor patient relationship and raises critical questions about the ultimate place of the medical profession in american life and culture. The sources of medicines moral authority in its golden age from the middle of the 19th century through the middle of the 20th were funda mentally religious and that the declining trust in medicine over the second
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