This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
The deconstruction of American medicine is the prescription offered here. Our problems include the "Hippocratic strategy" (the idea that information is dangerous in the hands of the lay person) and absolutist values, which can lead to "ethicogenic inhumane impositions." The editors' goal is "to frame a debate concerning the necessity of foundations." Their conclusion is an ethical consensus on the lack of consensus about everything except for the rejection of Hippocratic values. These values are to be superseded by democratization, "secular ecumenical pluralism," and "dealing with differences differently." Composure, the twenty-first century surrogate for courage, honesty, integrity, and compassion, is
Prescriptions: The Dissemination of Medical Authority. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:173–174. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-2-173_3
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(2):173-174.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use