Farr Curlin, M.D.
Duke Divinity School
20 years of experience
in palliative care
MEDICINE: HAVE WE LOST OUR WAY?
What is medicine and what is it for? What does it mean to be a good doctor? What does it mean to be a good patient?
Answers to these questions are essential both to the practice of medicine and to understanding the moral norms that shape that practice. In the current reigning provider-of-services model, clinicians eschew any claim to know what is good for a patient and instead offer an array of “health care services” for the sake of the patient’s subjective well-being.
Against this trend, Farr Curlin calls for practitioners to recover what they call the Way of Medicine, which offers physicians both a path out of the provider of services model and also the moral resources necessary to resist the various political, institutional, and cultural forces that constantly push practitioners and patients into thinking of their relationship in terms of economic exchange.
Raphael Samuel, M.D.
Andy Steiger, Ph.D.
Spiritual Care Program
Christian Medical &
22500 University Dr., Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1
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