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Soc Sci Med. 1983;17(20):1541-8.

Podiatry: a medical care specialty in quest of full professional status and recognition.

Abstract

Podiatry as a medical specialty has received little sociological attention. This omission leaves a sizeable gap in our understanding of the total health care system. Given the functional importance of this speciality and the growing need for the services of podiatrists this report represents an attempt to increase our knowledge in this area. The paper attempts to fill that gap by presenting a discussion of the development of podiatry as a health profession; documenting the educational and political development and attempting to explain the reasons which have inhibited the process of professionalization. Our findings suggest that podiatry as a profession has been unable to attain full autonomy over its anatomical area of expertise and this along with other factors has prevented podiatry from attaining full professional status and recognition.

PMID:
6356373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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