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A book on humanistic medicine that addresses more than the biopsychosocial model and its requisite humanistic skills would be appealing and valuable. Cassell's book takes this step by portraying the seldom considered, deeper aspects of the physician-patient relationship. He maintains that doctors must develop the skills and attitudes necessary to be more involved if they are to alleviate suffering, defined as threats to psychological or bodily integrity, more successfully. Cassell makes himself credible by showing how knowledge of disease is important for the fullest understanding of suffering, something only a physician can attain. Cassell describes bonding, reciprocal interaction, joint work,
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:1038. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1038_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_1):1038.
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