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April 1988

In Search of the Modern Hippocrates

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Tampa, Fla


edited by R. J. Bulger, 256 pp, Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 1987, $27.50.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(4):459. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060130505020

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Physicians serve a very privileged role within society, dealing with the most intimate aspects of human life and suffering. Implicit in the physician-patient relationship is trust, a frail human value that has developed over time because physicians, in general, have practiced their craft with integrity and honesty and in compliance with the highest ethical standards. Due to its very nature, medicine must be practiced in a framework of deep moral sensitivity. Perhaps no field of endeavor demands more of an individual than the practice of medicine, as it bridges the constantly changing interface between science and humanity. It would seem prudent, therefore, that physicians take time to examine the essence of their profession during different stages of their careers. Toward achieving this goal, In Search of the Modern Hippocrates, a collection of 19 essays written by 13 distinguished authors, explores the concept of physicianhood and the future of medicine.


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