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Is Pharmacy a Profession?

  • Geoffrey Harding
  • Sarah Nettleton
  • Kevin Taylor
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Abstract

In addressing the question ‘is pharmacy a profession?’ it will first be necessary to appreciate what we mean by the term profession. This chapter aims to offer such an appreciation. When reading this chapter, it will be beneficial to reflect upon what it means to be a pharmacist, what it means to be a health professional, what is the position of pharmacists within the community and what is their relationship with other health workers.

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Further Reading

  1. Johnson, T. (1989) Professions and Power, London, Macmillan Education Ltd.Google Scholar
  2. Turner, B. S. (1987) Medical Power and Social Knowledge, London, Sage Publications Ltd. Chapter Seven.Google Scholar

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  • Geoffrey Harding
  • Sarah Nettleton
  • Kevin Taylor

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