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Roles, professions and ethics: a tale of doctors, patients, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers

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  • Correction notice This article has been amended since it was first published online. Rosamond Rhodes was originally spelt Rosamund Rhodes.

  • Contributors Only one author.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • There is also a geographical version of this query. Is US medicine really the same profession as UK, Indian or Papuan medicine?

  • This argument also has a geographical version. Health care and legal systems differ considerably and this is likely to make a difference in the potential risks and benefits of some medical services which might necessitate different professional ethics.

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