Table 2

Some distinctive features of medicine

KnowledgeAnatomy, physiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, genomics and biochemistry
PowersDetermine lack of decisional capacity; impose treatment over objection; deprive people of freedom (ie, involuntary commitment).
PrivilegesAsk probing questions; examine nakedness; image inside; prescribe and administer medication (ie, poison) or treatment; perform surgery (ie, assault with deadly weapons); inflict pain.
ImmunitiesFrom prosecution for employing powers and privileges; from prosecution for untoward outcomes.