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The Nature of Suffering: And the Goals of Medicine

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The obligation of physicians to relieve human suffering stretches back into antiquity. But what exactly is suffering? One patient with metastatic cancer of the stomach, from which he knew he would shortly die, said he was not suffering.Another, someone who had been operated on for a minor problem--in little pain and not seemingly distressed--said that even coming into the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 19th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 3rd 1991)
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Kelly
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book raises some vital points about the important of physicians treating people rather than just their bodies or the diseases they have, and interesting philosophical discussions of suffering. The summary of the history of medicine and of medical philosophy is also excellent, and there are lots of patient stories that make it clear the author is a dedicated and caring physician. But not all of the author’s philosophical discussions are well explained, he seems to particularly disagree with ...more
Leslie
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book articulates important and enduring concepts for the practice of medicine. Most of all, it challenges the "either/or" paradigm in which the science of medicine roundly trumps the art of medicine by offering a robust defense of a "both/and" paradigm with the patient at the center of practice. It reminds clinicians of the noble goals with which we entered medicine, and enriches our understanding of what those goals mean.

Although Cassell illustrates his analysis with lots of stories, at ti
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Nelson Giraldo
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The nature of suffering

A wonderful book to learn about the human suffering, how understand it and how give relieve, at least listenig.
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Carol
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The two central issues in the book that I would like to discuss and expand upon are: his view of PERSON rather than the mind/body dualism we see too often and his view of meaning which is central to how he views suffering. An outstanding book.
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Thick reading but thorough and insightful.
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