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Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education

J. Donald Boudreau, Eric Cassell, and Abraham Fuks


This book reimagines medical education and reconstructs its design. It originates from a reappraisal of the goals of medicine and the nature of the relationship between doctor and patient. The educational blueprint outlined is called the “Physicianship Curriculum” and rests on two linchpins. First is a new definition of sickness: Patients know themselves to be ill when they cannot pursue their purposes and goals in life because of impairments in functioning. This perspective represents a bulwark against medical attention shifting from patients to diseases. The curriculum teaches about patients ... More

Keywords: physicianship, person-centeredness, personhood, clinical method, doctoring, doctor–patient relationship, Physicianship Curriculum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199370818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199370818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Donald Boudreau, author
Associate Professor, McGill University Department of Medicine

Eric Cassell, author
Emeritus Professor of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Abraham Fuks, author
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology, McGill University