The Changing Concept of the Ideal Physician

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:
The Changing Concept of the Ideal Physician

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This chapter discusses the changing concept of the ideal physician. It begins by presenting four points in relation to the changes in the character of physicianship, before moving on to discussing the effects of science on the ideal of the doctor, the impact of technology as distinct from science, and the changes in the doctor–patient relationship. The chapter also looks at the increasing interest in medical ethics and the concept of commercialism.

Keywords: changing concept; ideal physician; physicianship; effects of science; doctor; impact of technology; doctor–patient relationship; medical ethics; commercialism

Chapter.  6347 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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