Chapter

The Mysterious Relationship Between Doctor and Patient

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/9780195156164.003.0005
The Mysterious Relationship Between Doctor and Patient

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This chapter discusses the relationship between doctor and patient. This refers to the central and basic relationship between doctor and patient that rests solely on the fact that one is a patient and the other is a doctor. The chapter looks at the physician as a person, what defines a good physician, and the relation between trust and altruism. The final portion of the chapter centers on self-discipline, which is necessary not only for thoroughness, but also for the maintenance of knowledge, constancy to patients, and nerve.

Keywords: doctor; patient; relationship; physician; trust; altruism; self-discipline; good physician

Chapter.  7434 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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