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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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How to Understand Diseases

How to Understand Diseases

(p.76) 6 How to Understand Diseases
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses and addresses the difficult issues that must be faced and solved before shifting the primary concern from diseases to a focus on sick persons. It shows why disease theory has been so necessary and successful for clinicians, or the doctors who actually take care of the patients. The chapter then looks at three common diseases to show how the ideas contained in classic disease theory are exemplified and used in the practice of medicine. It also illustrates the practical consequences of the changes that have taken place in the axioms of disease theory over the last few decades.

Keywords:   disease theory, clinicians, common diseases, classic disease theory, practice of medicine, practical consequences

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