The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine : And the Goals of Medicine
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 th e 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.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 156 x 232.4 x 18.8mm | 432.95g
- 02 Jun 1994
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- line figures
Table of 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.
About Eric J. Cassell
Eric J. Cassell is Clinical Professor of Public Health at Cornell University Medical College, and an attending physician at The New York Hospital. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center and a member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of The Healer's Art, The Place of Humanities in Medicine, and Talking with Patients.