Empathetic Medicine: K. Fitz Duffy

Language of Medicine

Gray's Anatomy

Medical language allows us to identify illness through science. It does not directly encourage us to pose ethical questions. We must first personally experience pain to evaluate it morally.

We should be asking ourselves questions even if we do not feel ill. Some of these questions include:

The language of medicine fails to answer these questions. But, we know science has worth. The most difficult part of this process is coming to terms with the relationship between scientific practice and humanity. The nature and language of health care constantly changes as intensive research on new drugs and medical treatment change the way we view ourselves as patients and as human beings.

Physician-patient talk is difficult to dissect given the components each position supports. If we begin to understand the inner-workings of medicine and treatment, we begin to understand the process of coping with illness.

Language serves to differentiate an individual from others. It changes the way we perceive ourselves. We modify our identity, our language and action. We do this to develop as human beings and to cope with trauma. We are driven by both instinct and by moderated behavior. We are persons of internal conflict. We seek the well-grounded harmony of body and mind. We seek unshakeable preservation.

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