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The Clinician's Experience

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/9780195156164.003.0012
The Clinician's Experience

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This chapter discusses the experience of the clinician, beginning with the science and art of the practice of medicine. It then moves on to the importance of the clinician's experience, the relation of knowledge to experience, and why experience has a bad name. The chapter then discusses the advantage of experience, the physician as the instrument, and how experience is able to mediate between science and art. It also looks at the experience of uncertainty.

Keywords: experience; clinician; science and art; practice of medicine; knowledge; advantage of experience; physician; experience of uncertainty

Chapter.  11353 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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