The nature of healing the modern practice of medicine offers effective and strategic ways to practice patient centered medicine it offers readers specific ways to reconsider the negative effects of reductionism in medicine which can manifest as a distancing between clinician and patient as a patient disconnects from the world in descent . The healing tradition in western medicine goes back to its greek origins what actually constitutes healing is poorly understood even in this first era of cure and advanced medical science. The nature of healing is based on a diffe yet this definition of illness is out of date and untrue to life at a time when chronic illness and the problems of disability and aging are increasingly common. He explains healing skills and actions as well as the nature of healing for sick and suffering patients this book concludes with a discussion of the moral basis of the relationship between patient and healer as well as the goals of healing. Cassell is the author of the healers art the place of the humanities in medicine changing values in medicine two volumes on doctor patient communication entitled talking with patients doctoring the nature of primary care medicine and the nature of suffering and the goals of medicine now in its second edition
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