Medicine and law have ancient parallel histories. Each practices self-regulation, and each has developed deep and extensive internal rules of professional conduct. Both have a tentative claim as one of the world’s oldest professions. Each requires extensive education and testing to join a prehistoric and socially revered cadre. Both require an extensive apprenticeship before acceptance into the guild.

Beyond the obvious ancient quality of the professions, there is a similar intellectual bias evident. Both claim that their decision-making apparatus is unique, internally regulated and virtually unassailable.

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