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The nature of suffering [electronic resource] : and the goals of medicine / by Eric J. Cassell.

Author/Creator:
Cassell, Eric J., 1928-
Publication:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xvi,254p.)
Subjects:
Medicine -- Philosophy.
Suffering.
Physician and patient.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This study examines the stated philosophy of modern medical practice and contrasts it with the types and quality of care actually delivered.
The Nature of Suffering underlines the change that is taking place in medicine from a basic concern with disease to a greater focus on the sick person as a whole. The author centres the discussion on the problem of suffering because he believes that its recognition and relief are a test of the adequacy of any system of medicine. The book includes many stories about patients to illustrate that there can be no diagnosis, search for causes, or treatment without consideration of the individual sick person. This demonstrates that it is time for the sick person to be the central focus of medicine and the author looks at the implications of such a change in attitude. This book will make interesting reading for all medical professionals as medical historians and philosophers.
Contents:
Ideas in conflict; The changing concept of the ideal physician; The nature of suffering; Suffering in chronic illness; The mysterious relationship between doctor and patient; How to understand diseases; The pursuit of disease or the care of the sick?; Treating the disease, the body, or the patient; The doctor and the patient; Who is this person?; The measure of the person; The clinician's experience; Epilogue: the care of the suffering patient.
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-4237-3478-5
0-19-802194-1
1-281-34671-3
1-60256-626-7
OCLC:
936913620
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