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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine$
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Eric J. Cassell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.001.0001

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Ideas in Conflict

Ideas in Conflict

The Rise and Fall of New Views of Disease

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(p.3) 1 Ideas in Conflict
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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine
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Eric J. Cassell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.003.0001

This chapter discusses some of the theories on which medicine has been based. It determines why theory is important, and how some ideas have been changing in modern times. The chapter discusses the importance of disease concepts to medicine, the rise of the disease theory, and looks at the weaknesses in classic disease theory. It also discusses the rise of the ecological perspective and the social responsibility of medicine.

Keywords:   medicine, theory, disease concepts, disease theory, weaknesses, ecological perspective, social responsibility

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