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The Nature of HealingThe Modern Practice of Medicine$
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Eric J. Cassell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.001.0001

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The State of Illness

The State of Illness

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(p.175) 9 The State of Illness
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The Nature of Healing
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Eric J. Cassell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.003.0009

As illness deepens a state of illness begins. A state is a combination of circumstances or attributes belonging for a time to a person—a way or manner of existing. It happens to seriously ill persons requiring care in bed who are unable to attend to themselves or who require institutional or hospital care. An example is given of a patient progressing to a state of illness. The essential characteristic of a state is a redirection of all of the person’s thoughts and actions to focus on the state. The impact on the person of a state of being is widespread from the social to the molecular level. What is happening includes the entire range of things emotional, social, and physical that occur in sickness. It is the personal experience of feeling decrepit, fragile, vulnerable, weak, without energy, and feeble. Dealing with the state of illness is discussed in detail.

Keywords:   state, state of illness, state of illness, patient characteristics, emotional closeness, burnout, burnout, prevention of, cognitive impairment, healing the state of illness, healthy, characteristics of

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