Medical ethics and professional norms: The tale of two medical centers in Taiwan
We usually believe that professional ethics inﬂuences the behavior of professionals. However, does the adoption of a professional code of ethics and the teaching of professional ethics necessarily lead to ethical behavior? Two very diﬀerent economic behaviors among Taiwanese physicians at two medical centers oﬀer an interesting case to examine how institutions transform identical professional ethics into diﬀerent professional norms. We argue that it is these norms that play a critical role in inﬂuencing the conduct of professionals.