Humanism and the Art of Medicine: Our Commitment to Care
Nelson, Alan R.
JAMA. 1989 Sep 1; 262(9): 1228-1230.
In his 21 June 1989 inaugural address to the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, AMA President Alan Nelson asks his colleagues to reflect on the aspect of their profession that denotes the responsibility they have for caring, and on the relationship between art and science in medicine. He identifies five components of the art of medicine: humanism, diligence and faithfulness, altruism, ethical behavior, and the "special sense" or instinct that gives a physician insight into a patient's needs. Nelson emphasizes that these values are necessary to achieve a balance between the technical and the personal in medicine. (KIE abstract)
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