Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI:

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The conclusion summarizes the potential contribution to medicine of close attention to hypochondria, not as an individual psychopathology but as a condition of contemporary Western medicine itself. A correlation has been established between physicians' intolerance for uncertainty and poor patient care; this book argues that explicit theorization of the uncertain, ambigious, contingent, and interpretive will allow medicine to recognize the hypochondriac as its own illuminating mirror image. It argues that the best way to begin this process is to assimilate the humanities more fully into medical education.

Keywords: tolerance for uncertainty; ambiguity; interpretation; humanities; medical humanities

Chapter.  1046 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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