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The Nature of Healing: The Modern Practice of Medicine

Eric J. Cassell


The healing tradition in Western medicine goes back to its Greek origins. What actually constitutes healing is poorly understood even in this first era of cure and advanced medical science. Sickness has usually been defined as the physical result of bodily disease. This is out of date in these times of chronic illness and when the problems of disability and aging are so common. This book uses a different definition: Persons are sick who cannot achieve their goals and purposes because of impairments of function from the molecular to the spiritual that they believe are in the province of medicin ... More

Keywords: medicine, healing, sickness, illness, state of illness, suffering, disease, person, function, ethics, autonomy, listening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric J. Cassell, author