2009
DOI: 10.1370/afm.943
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Suffering, Meaning, and Healing: Challenges of Contemporary Medicine

Abstract: This essay explores the thesis that changes in contemporary society have transformed the work of doctoring and challenge doctors to be physician-healers. Medical advances in the prevention and management of acute disease have wrought a growing population of chronically ill patients whose care obliges physicians to become holistic healers. Holistic healing involves the transcendence of suffering. Suffering arises from perceptions of a threat to the integrity of personhood, relates to the meaning patients ascrib… Show more

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“…88(p136) Berry goes even further in emphasizing the relationship, communal, and ecological aspects of health, declaring that health is membership in community. 58 Egnew 89,90 and Scott, 91,92 using both theory and empirical evidence, defi ne healing as the transcendence of suffering.…”
Section: The Process Of Developing Moral Authority To Advocate For Hementioning
confidence: 99%
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“…88(p136) Berry goes even further in emphasizing the relationship, communal, and ecological aspects of health, declaring that health is membership in community. 58 Egnew 89,90 and Scott, 91,92 using both theory and empirical evidence, defi ne healing as the transcendence of suffering.…”
Section: The Process Of Developing Moral Authority To Advocate For Hementioning
confidence: 99%
“…These defi nitions include connection with self 93 and with transcendence of self, 94 and thus allow for health-promoting efforts that consider the good of the whole community and include the possibility of a meaningful death. 89,90,95 I would simplify the defi nition as follows: Health is the ability to develop meaningful relationships and pursue a transcendent purpose in a fi nite life.…”
Section: The Process Of Developing Moral Authority To Advocate For Hementioning
confidence: 99%
“…8 Healing is more than clinical services, prevention, and management of chronic disease. [9][10][11] Physicians who can help patients transcend suffering are essential, he argues, to preserving medicine as a healing profession in the contemporary world.…”
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confidence: 99%
“…Palliative care, anaesthesia, pharmacology, psychology, and psychiatry all have as their goal the relief of suffering -be it physical, emotional, psychological or, even, existential. Historically, and in recent years, a large body of literature has concerned itself with issues relating to the management, prevention, and relief of pain and suffering (Boston, Bruce, & Schreiber, 2011;Cassell, 1991;Edwards, 2003;Egnew, 2009;Norris, 2009;van Hooft, 1998). But while the relief of suffering seems laudable, some question whether medicine can, or should, aim for a world without pain, sadness, anxiety, despair or uncertainty (Breggin, 2003;Elliott, 1998).…”
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