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The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Eric J. Cassell


This is a revised and expanded edition of a classic in palliative medicine, originally published in 1991, with three added chapters and a new preface summarizing our progress in the area of pain management. The obligation of physicians to relieve human suffering stretches back into antiquity. But what exactly, is suffering? One patient with cancer of the stomach, from which he knew he would shortly die, said he was not suffering. Another, someone who had been operated on for a minor problem—in little pain and not seemingly distressed—said that even coming into the hospital had been a source of ... More

Keywords: palliative medicine, pain management, physicians, suffering, antiquity, patient, stomach cancer, disease, sick person, training techniques

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric J. Cassell, author
Cornell University Medical College, USA