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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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The Goals of Medicine

The Goals of Medicine

(p.27) Chapter 1 The Goals of Medicine
The Nature of Clinical Medicine

Eric J. Cassell

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the goals of medicine, particularly in clinical medicine. To determine what those goals might be, 11 consultants from every stage of medical development, from student to distinguished chair of medicine, were asked to read seven clinical cases and discuss what their goals would be in the care of those persons. From that discussion a list of the goals of medicine was obtained, including goals related directly to the patient, goals related to being a doctor and doctoring, and goals that arise in the care of patients because doctors live among other doctors and in the institutions of medicine. The goals of medicine are wider and more interesting than merely treating disease and saving life, as challenging as those are.

Keywords:   goals, goals of medicine, clinical cases, patient, doctoring, institutions

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