Doctoring: The Philosophic Milieu

Authors: C D BESSINGER Jr. MD, MS (Surg)


ABSTRACT: To understand fully a physicians role in society, and to deal successfully with the current sense of crisis, the medical profession must evolve a world-view that appropriately relates a physician to the patient, to the practice environment, to the base of knowledge, and to the physicians own sense of self. Such a world-view would be multilevel and interdisciplinary, and would be based on interactions and adaptations of physicians to life systems. Medicines world-view must provide a philosophic milieu intérieur that leads to a proper equilibrium between medicines technologic skills and its humanistic concerns.

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