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The Nature of Clinical MedicineThe Return of the Clinician$
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Eric Cassell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199974863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199974863.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Nature of Clinical Medicine

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

Twentieth- and 21st-century science has been a brilliant success. The ideal doctor of the 20th century, the physician-scientist, is not a success. Contemporary medical care is disappointing to patients and doctors, over-technologized, and expensive. It is time to bring back the clinician whose life is the care of sick patients. The introduction explains in detail why the increasing focus on disease for more than a century, almost to the exclusion of the patient, has led medicine astray. The history of medicine, social changes in society, the rise and dominance of science in all walks of life, and the changes in medical institutions and medical education are all part of the same story. The introduction tells why clinicians are special and why are they are now crucial to revitalizing medical care. This need leads to the reasons for this book and what it has to say.

Keywords:   science, medical science, history of medicine, disease, clinicians, medical education, physician-scientist, social changes

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