The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

The question of suffering and its relation to organic illness has rarely been addressed in the medical literature

Eric J. Cassel

2010

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  • The question of suffering and its relation to organic illness has rarely been addressed in the medical literature
  • Physicians' failure to understand the nature of suffering can result in medical intervention that fails to relieve suffering but becomes a source of suffering itself.
  • I am indebted to Rabbi Jack Bemporad, to Drs Joan Cassell, Peter Dineen, Nancy McKenzie, and Richard Zaner, to Ms Dawn McGuire, to the members of the Research Group on Death, Suffering, and Well-Being of The Hastings Center for their advice and assistance, and to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for support of the research group
  • From the Department of Public Health, Cornell University Medical College, New York

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