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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?

(p.88) 7 The Pursuit of Disease or the Care of the Sick?
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

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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