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December 25, 2002

Philosophy of Medicine: Physician and Philosopher: The Philosophical Foundation of Medicine: Essays by Dr. Edmund Pellegrino

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(24):3171-3173. doi:10.1001/jama.288.24.3171-JBK1225-4-1

Edmund Pellegrino recently wrote that medicine is experiencing "an unprecedented state of confusion about its identity." He should know. Through four decades, as healers have strived fruitlessly to reconstruct and repair their vocation, Pellegrino's call to service has echoed through medicine's scaffolds—sometimes lonely, frequently maligned, but always clear and never wavering. In the aptly named "postmodern" age—in which people define themselves by what they repudiate—Pellegrino has courageously focused on what he affirms. He professes healing.