The Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?

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 Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?

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This chapter discusses the relationship between the sick person and the sickness, and between the disease entity and its existence in a sick person. It examines the place of symptoms in medical care, and how these symptoms get to be symptoms for the patient. The chapter looks at the relationship of a symptom to suffering and determines which is real: symptoms or diseases.

Keywords: relationship; sick person; sickness; disease entity; symptoms; medical care; suffering

Chapter.  10954 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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