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This provocative essay offers a novel analysis of the physician-patient relationship. The authors do not speak of the relationship in terms of the precise communication that occurs between a professional and a client (as does Michael Balint) or of the normative social function the relationship serves (as does Talcott Parsons), but rather of a revolutionary, historically determined change in the way "the cardinal elements of the medical encounter—the patient, the physician and the disease—relate to one another."
As "scientific" medicine gradually replaced medieval scholasticism, the patient as an experiencing person began to disappear. The symbol of medicine's new attention to
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Medicine and the Management of Living: Taming the Last Great Beast.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:166-167. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-1-166_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(1):166-167.
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