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Something appears to be seriously amiss in the practice of medicine! Numerous articles in the literature report that, although medicine's scientific knowledge and technicalization have markedly increased, there has been a serious lack of a concomitant increase in the understanding of the values involved in the application of this science and technology. Pellegrino and Thomasma add their voices to this complaint, but they offer some constructive discussion as well. Medicine, they state, is a moral enterprise that cannot be successful until it understands its ends—that is, what it is trying to achieve—in the context of goals that contemporary culture deems
A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice: Toward a Philosophy and Ethic of the Healing Professions.. Ann Intern Med. ;95:247. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-247_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):247.
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