Empathetic Medicine: K. Fitz Duffy

Creating Identity

Hiding Patient

The definition of the self, particularly through medicine, has been a matter of conflict. The abstract nature of our subconscious seems incompatible with the logical practices of science. We are rational beings seeking rational answers, but it’s difficult to locate the start and the end of our identity.

“Every man and woman desires a strong sense of the self. But the prospect of discovering one’s capacity for living can be defined
by others is particularly haunting”

Our representations of self are contradictory. It is clear that both science and humanity produce uncertainty. Illness further worsens our ability to define ourselves. So, what defines us? We can use science, philosophy and social construction, but the constant arrival of new knowledge distorts our ability to define ourselves.

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