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A particular system of principles taught or advocated.
[L. doceo, to teach]
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A theory or posit widely accepted by leading authorities in a particular field
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A theory or posit widely accepted by leading authorities in a particular field. See Assumption-of-risk doctrine, Borrowed servant doctrine, Captain-of-the-ship doctrine, De minimus doctrine, Emergency doctrine, Feres doctrine, Humoral doctrine, Hypothesis, Lost-opportunity doctrine, Posit, Therapeutic privilege.
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(dok'trin) [Fr. doctrine, fr L. doctrina, teaching]
A system of principles taught or advocated.

borrowed servant doctrine

The legal doctrine, a form of vicarious liability, that a patient care supervisor (e.g., an attending physician who oversees the work of a resident physician) may be held responsible for the negligent acts of a subordinate. See: Captain of the Ship doctrine ; vicarious liability

Captain of the Ship doctrine

The legal doctrine, a form of vicarious liability, that the legal responsibility for errors in a medical setting falls on the most highly trained or senior health care provider present at the time. This doctrine has been used to hold attending physicians or surgeons responsible for the negligent acts of the surgical or anesthesia team. See: borrowed servant doctrine; vicarious liability

learned intermediary doctrine

The legal doctrine that a pharmaceutical manufacturer need only advise or warn physicians, and not the public at large, of the potential hazards of the drugs it produces. Under this doctrine physicians act as agents for the public when they prescribe medications. Their education and clinical experience help them decide when to use a medication and when, because of safety concerns, to avoid its use. Exceptions to the doctrine are illustrated by direct-to-consumer drug advertising (e.g., on television or the Internet) in which pharmaceutical companies present their products directly to patients without the physician acting as intermediary. Synonym: learned intermediary rule
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"The Puritan," according to Kaufmann, "was not likely to meditate upon events in the life of Christ but rather upon the doctrines or specific propositions in scripture."(37) By placing himself within the context of Luther's example, Bunyan may partake of that moderate stance on Reformation iconoclasm espoused by Luther who "insisted that on the evidence of Scripture, images were, doctrinally, a matter of indifference since God has given neither commands nor prohibitions binding on us." Luther thus defines the position that would, according to Ernest Gilman, "later be made available to moderate Anglicans such as John Donne who sought the 'true use of pictures to worship.'" Luther understood and indeed advanced the use of images as aids to the understanding of the scriptures.
However, predictions that the next pope will follow John Paul's doctrinally conservative and socially justice-minded ways are speculation.
Greek Orthodoxy also has a strong conservative wing that regards itself as the best means of preserving the apostolic faith, with other branches of Christianity being doctrinally suspect.
Bob Nugent with lesbian and gay people after determining that they furthered "doctrinally unacceptable" assertions "regarding the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and the objective disorder of the homosexual inclination" (NCR, July 30, 1999).
As the Holy Father has repeatedly made clear, liturgically, doctrinally, historically our Churches are close.
Both are faith-filled archbishops who neither lament that many members of their dioceses no longer come to church nor become doctrinally unbending in chiding them.
10 news conference, said the event was a wonderful demonstration of unity, both liturgically and doctrinally. Others, however, saw it differently.
More recently, in January 2000, the Vatican repudiated the 1994 ICEL translation of the Psalter, noting that the 1994 translation is "doctrinally flawed".
Being "open" means the Reformed tradition finds it incumbent upon the Church to confess its faith doctrinally in varying times and places, seeing each confessional statement as part of the wide river of confessional expression, with its many currents and tributaries.
14 letter calling the text "doctrinally flawed" and a "danger to the faith."
Although both were ordered to discontinue their work among homosexuals last summer because they advanced "doctrinally unacceptable positions" (see CI, Sept 99, p.24, and CI, Jan-Feb 00, pp.
Judgments based on firmer theoretical understanding of the possibilities and limits of communal liturgical action in the Church might contribute to clarifying some of what is at issue pastorally and doctrinally in current impasses over liturgical change.