The Healing Tradition argues that Western medicine is fundamentally flawed because it fails to provide a healing environment for both individuals and society, and indicates potential ways to correct this through an integration model of medical humanities. All health professionals and those with an interest in medical humanities will find this book valuable reading.
Table of Contents
Sudden infant deaths: models of health and illness. What are heart attacks? Rethinking some aspects of medical knowledge. Conceptions of persons and dementia. The tradition of the healer. The enduring appeal of the Victorian family doctor. Changing priorities in residential medicine and social services. Contrasting perspectives of inequalities in health and in medical care. The creation of partial patients. The nature and role of medical humanities. Biomedical, humoral and alternative systems of medicine. Reflections on a new medical cosmology.