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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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The Changing Concept of the Ideal Physician

The Changing Concept of the Ideal Physician

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(p.16) 2 The Changing Concept of the Ideal Physician
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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/9780195156164.003.0002

This chapter discusses the changing concept of the ideal physician. It begins by presenting four points in relation to the changes in the character of physicianship, before moving on to discussing the effects of science on the ideal of the doctor, the impact of technology as distinct from science, and the changes in the doctor–patient relationship. The chapter also looks at the increasing interest in medical ethics and the concept of commercialism.

Keywords:   changing concept, ideal physician, physicianship, effects of science, doctor, impact of technology, doctor–patient relationship, medical ethics, commercialism

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