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The nature of healing [electronic resource] : the modern practice of medicine /
Eric J. Cassell.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
description
xxix, 272 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
019536905X (hardback : alk. paper), 9780195369052 (hardback : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
isbn
019536905X (hardback : alk. paper)
9780195369052 (hardback : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Sickness -- The person, sick or well -- Functioning -- What is healing? -- Listening : the foundation of the healing relationship of patient and clinician -- The evaluation of the patient -- Knowing the patient -- The patient's reaction to illness -- The state of illness -- Healing the sick patient -- Healing the suffering patient -- Respect for persons and autonomy -- Purposes, goals, and well-being.
catalogue key
9982959
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"...Eric Cassell has been one of medicine's foremost thinkers about suffering. The Nature of Healing is full of insightfully presented and sometimes moving case histories that help Cassell make a case that practitioners need to hear patients' stories so they can understand them enough to help them move toward healing." -- Christian Century
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this work, Eric Cassell explores what sickness is, what persons are, and how to understand function and its impairments. He explains healing skills and actions, as well as the nature of healing for sick and suffering patients.
Long Description
Currently and for centuries past, sickness has been understood to be primarily the physical result of bodily disease. Yet this definition of illness is out-of-date and untrue to life at a time when chronic illness and the problems of disability and aging are increasingly common. When persons are sick, it pervades their whole being. The Nature of Healing is based on a different definition of sickness, one that recognizes persons as sick when theycannot achieve their goals and purposes because of impairments of function, ranging from the molecular to the spiritual, which they believe to fall under the scope of medicine. Such impairments may result from disease, but certainly not all.As the sick person has increasingly become the focus of medicine, there have been repeated but mostly failed attempts to achieve both technological and humanistic goals in caring for patients. This approach is flawed because there is only one ultimate goal -- the well-being of the patient. Whether it involves the personal action of the clinician or the use of technology, everything done toward the goal of well-being is part of the healing enterprise. In this book, Eric Cassell explores whatsickness is, what persons are, and how to understand function and its impairments. He explains healing skills and actions, as well as the nature of healing for sick and suffering patients. This book concludes with a discussion of the moral basis of the relationship between patient and healer, as well asthe goals of healing.
Main Description
Currently and for centuries past, sickness has been understood to be primarily the physical result of bodily disease. Yet this definition of illness is out-of-date and untrue to life at a time when chronic illness and the problems of disability and aging are increasingly common. When persons are sick, it pervades their whole being. The Nature of Healing is based on a different definition of sickness, one that recognizes persons as sick when they cannot achieve their goals and purposes because of impairments of function, ranging from the molecular to the spiritual, which they believe to fall under the scope of medicine. Such impairments may result from disease, but certainly not all. As the sick person has increasingly become the focus of medicine, there have been repeated but mostly failed attempts to achieve both technological and humanistic goals in caring for patients. This approach is flawed because there is only one ultimate goal -- the well-being of the patient. Whether it involves the personal action of the clinician or the use of technology, everything done toward the goal of well-being is part of the healing enterprise. In this book, Eric Cassell explores what sickness is, what persons are, and how to understand function and its impairments. He explains healing skills and actions, as well as the nature of healing for sick and suffering patients. This book concludes with a discussion of the moral basis of the relationship between patient and healer, as well as the goals of healing.
Main Description
Currently and for centuries past, sickness has been understood to be primarily the physical result of bodily disease. Yet this definition of illness is out-of-date and untrue to life at a time when chronic illness and the problems of disability and aging are increasingly common. When personsare sick, it pervades their whole being. The Nature of Healing is based on a different definition of sickness, one that recognizes persons as sick when they cannot achieve their goals and purposes because of impairments of function, ranging from the molecular to the spiritual, which they believe to fall under the scope of medicine. Suchimpairments may result from disease, but certainly not all.As the sick person has increasingly become the focus of medicine, there have been repeated but mostly failed attempts to achieve both technological and humanistic goals in caring for patients. This approach is flawed because there is only one ultimate goal - the well-being of the patient. Whether itinvolves the personal action of the clinician or the use of technology, everything done toward the goal of well-being is part of the healing enterprise. In this book, Eric Cassell explores what sickness is, what persons are, and how to understand function and its impairments. He explains healing skills and actions, as well as the nature of healing for sick and suffering patients. This book concludes with a discussion of the moral basis of therelationship between patient and healer, as well as the goals of healing.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Prologuep. xxv
Sicknessp. 1
The Person, Sick or Wellp. 25
Functioningp. 51
What Is Healing?p. 81
Listening: The Foundation of the Healing Relationship of Patient and Clinicianp. 95
The Evaluation of the Patientp. 115
Knowing the Patientp. 141
The Patients Reaction to Illnessp. 163
The State of Illnessp. 175
Healing the Sick Patientp. 195
Healing the Suffering Patientp. 219
Respect for Persons and Autonomyp. 231
Purposes, Goals, and Well-Beingp. 243
Indexp. 257
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