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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Concept of “Conduct Unbecoming” as Applied to a Physician’s Extra-Medical Behavior

By THOMAS G. GUTHEIL, M.D., HOWARD E. BOOK, M.D., and ARCHIE BRODSKY, B.A.
Journal of Psychiatry & Law 39/Summer 2011

An approach analogous to the military concept of “conduct unbecoming an officer” is increasingly evident in the attempted management of physicians’ personal behavior by medical licensing entities—even when such behavior bears little or no relation to medical practice. This article surveys the genesis
of this approach, the social and professional forces that have encouraged attempts to regulate extra-medical activities, and the current status of pertinent guild rules and other professional guidelines. Two reported case examples are reviewed with critical commentary.

The entire article is here.

Thanks to Gary Schoener for this information.
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