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Ideas in Conflict

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Second edition

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156164
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999880 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.003.0001
Ideas in Conflict

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This chapter discusses some of the theories on which medicine has been based. It determines why theory is important, and how some ideas have been changing in modern times. The chapter discusses the importance of disease concepts to medicine, the rise of the disease theory, and looks at the weaknesses in classic disease theory. It also discusses the rise of the ecological perspective and the social responsibility of medicine.

Keywords: medicine; theory; disease concepts; disease theory; weaknesses; ecological perspective; social responsibility

Chapter.  6713 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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