JANE KELLEY RODEHEFFER
To the editor: I sympathize with the authors' (1) use of the Aristotelian concept of phronesis to characterize clinical judgement in the article on the standard of care. Their account of phronesis, or practical wisdom, and of its relation to techne and medical practice is, however, incomplete.
The authors do not consider the specific characteristics of medical training that bring about phronesis. In Aristotle's account phronesis is a virtue, and one is habituated into the virtues through participation in which one learns both the goals or ends of a practice, and what means best promote those ends. In medical training,
RODEHEFFER JK. The Standard of Care. Ann Intern Med. ;108:636–637. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-636_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):636-637.
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