Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (2):215-219 (2020)

Abstract
Suffering, defined as a state of undergoing pain, distress or hardship, is a multidimensional concept; it can entail physical, psychological and spiritual distress that prompts the sufferer to seek medical attention. As a construct originating from and unique to each patient, no patient’s suffering is equal to another’s or completely reducible to any generalizable frame of understanding. As it happens in a common medical encounter, the suffering patient requires an anamnesis provided by attentive and comprehensive listening to both the said and unsaid parts of his or her discourse interpreted through the hermeneutical skills of the physician. Suffering can then be decoded into a complex construct, which can guide the formulation of a strategy to help patient coping by attempting to find meaning in it. To help this search for meaning, one may employ philosophic therapy, bibliotherapy and counseling, among other approaches. Suffering-based medicine thus circumvents the limitations of the reductionistic Allopathic medical frame of understanding of disease. Such an attitude should be a common goal for all scientific medicine practitioners, as it complements and does not conflict with any of its therapeutic modalities. Furthermore, medical education should include humanistic disciplines to empower physicians to better understand their patients’ experience of suffering.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11019-019-09920-8
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,668
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Phenomenology as a Resource for Patients.H. Carel - 2012 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37 (2):96-113.
The Phenomenology of Suffering in Medicine and Bioethics.Fredrik Svenaeus - 2014 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 35 (6):407-420.
Conceptualizing Suffering and Pain.Noelia Bueno-Gómez - 2017 - Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 12:7.
Phenomenology.David Woodruff Smith - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Medicine : Science or Art?S. C. Panda - 2006 - Mens Sana Monographs 4 (1):127.
A New Path for Humanistic Medicine.Juliette Ferry-Danini - 2018 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 39 (1):57-77.
The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine by Jeremy Howick. [REVIEW]Leemon McHenry - 2017 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 27 (3):1-5.
Ideas and Ideals in Medicine: Fruits of Reason or Props of Power?Olli S. Miettinen - 1999 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 5 (2):107-116.
Suffering and the Goals of Medicine.Stan van Hooft - 1998 - Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 1 (2):125-131.
Medicine and Humanistic Understanding.Jerry Vannatta - 2005 - University of Pennsylvania Press.
Modes of Understanding and Mindfulness in Clinical Medicine.Allan B. Chinen - 1988 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 9 (1).
Suffering and the Goals of Medicine.Stan van Hooft - 1998 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 1 (2):125-131.
Conceptualizing Suffering and Pain.Noelia Bueno-Gómez - 2017 - Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 12:7.
What Evidence in Evidence‐Based Medicine?John Worrall - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (S3):S316-S330.
Rationality in Medicine.Olli S. Miettinen - 2009 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 15 (6):960-963.
Suffering, Medicine, and What Is Pointless.Arthur W. Frank - 2019 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 62 (2):352-365.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-08-21

Total views
4 ( #1,172,002 of 2,331,838 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #588,490 of 2,331,838 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes