The relationship between a doctor and a patient is at the heart of medicine,
and its reach is long. It embraces revelations, touching, cutting, anguish,
empathy, analysis, and judgment, and it involves many categories of human
experience and knowledge. This relationship and its boundaries and content,
established over time by its participants, is what this book is about.
Its thematic nucleus is that doctors have been the dominant members
of the medical relationship; have justified this hegemony on the grounds that
expert knowledge should determine medical actions; have as a result of this
thinking made patients silent agents in their association; and even now in
the face of a modern medical ethics movement grounded in the principle of
patient autonomy, have difficulty in recreating the medical relationship as
a medical partnership.
Reiser SJ. Doctor and PatientDoctor and Patient. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1387-a
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