The Goals of Medicine: The Forgotten Issue in Health Care Reform


In this book, international teams of physicians, nurses, public health experts, philosophers, theologians, politicians, administrators, social workers, and lawyers articulate four basic goals of medicine and examine them in light of the cultural, political, and economic pressures under which medicine functions. Discussing prevention of disease, relief of suffering, care of the ill, and avoidance of premature death, contributors clearly demonstrate the importance of clarifying the purposes of medicine before attempting to change economic and organizational systems.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Washington, DC
Publication year:
  • 1999


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