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in athletics: see amateuramateur,
in sports, one who engages in athletic competition without material recompense. Upper-class Englishmen in the 19th cent. used the concept to help define their social status, first applying the term to sportsmen who did not need to work with their hands as livelihood,
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Physicians, for their part, are trained to be familiar and comfortable with consulting other physicians of different specialties--they speak a common medical "language." They tend to be less comfortable in consultations and collaboration with nonphysician professionals. When speaking with medication prescribers, counselors should present patient cases concisely, with a focus on the goals of medication use.
Some have even suggested that nurses and other nonphysician professionals should take the lead in assisted suicide, arguing that physicians' qualifications in end-of-life care are not unique or even exemplary.