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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 Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?

The Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?

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(p.88) 7 The Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?
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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/9780195156164.003.0007

This chapter discusses the relationship between the sick person and the sickness, and between the disease entity and its existence in a sick person. It examines the place of symptoms in medical care, and how these symptoms get to be symptoms for the patient. The chapter looks at the relationship of a symptom to suffering and determines which is real: symptoms or diseases.

Keywords:   relationship, sick person, sickness, disease entity, symptoms, medical care, suffering

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