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social contract

Medical practice The implied understanding between physician and Pt that the former provides the best possible care in a truthful and timely fashion, in exchange for the latter's trust. See Doctor-patient relationship.
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There is a long and rich philosophical discussion about the social contract between individuals and society.
What has been happening in Europe - and indeed the US in a more muted and dispersed form is nothing short of a complete rewriting of the implicit social contracts that have existed since the end of the second world war.
Nevertheless, they do not apply these notions to universal human rights and do not imagine the existence of an international market that determines the social contract or constitution.
He is partly right in that what has been broken is the kind of social contract without which we will, as Hobbes suggested, sink into the social abyss.
The Social Contract Center is a joint project between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Information Decision and Support Center which works on providing decision-makers with research and studies.
Wraight's analysis of The Social Contract is largely solid and even-handed in approach.
But it's crucial that individuals play their part in this renewed social contract.
Authority for the practice of nursing is based on a social contract that acknowledges the professional rights and responsibilities of nursing and includes mechanisms for public accountability.
More than two centuries ago, Rousseau's social contract helped to seed the idea among political leaders that they must serve the public good, lest their own legitimacy be threatened.
He says new questions can arise out of spontaneous performance experiences in public spaces when the performers "act outside the normalized social contract.
Some take it to mean that with increased Muslim fanaticism the 1500year old social contract between Muslims and Copts is unraveling.
And it destroys the city's social contract, making residents pay more for one of the few services they thought were covered in their taxes.