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Medicine as Humanity: Study on Background and Connotation of Doctor-patient Relationship in Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Pages: 135-141
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Nankai Journal(Philosophy,Literature and Social Science Edition)

Keyword:  TCM TreatmentDoctor-Patient RelationshipMedicine ModelMedicine as HumanitySituationInter-subjective Interaction;
Abstract: Traditional Chinese medical model argues that disease originates from the partial absence of relationship and subjectivity, which leads to the deviation of life pattern and the appearance of symptoms. There is no separation in terms of subject and object in a physician’s diagnosing and treating of a patient, and the physician must involve himself with the patient’s"shen"within its living situation and perceptual manifestations. Hence the treatment always requires a face-to-face presence of both the patient and physician as a perceiving subject, the non-detached attitude of the physicians from the patients explains why they always put themselves in a position where they can actually perceive and interact with the patient’s"shen", and this is the characteristic of traditional Chinese medicine doctor-patient relationship.This kind of relationship is defined as"Medicine as Humanity". More attention to face-to-face situation and inter-subjective interaction will provide a useful supplement to the construction of contemporary doctor-patient relationship.
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