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The Relation between Doctors and Patients from the Viewpoint of Medical Anthropology and Ethics

Jeong Dae Sung 1

1대전대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article illuminates the relation between doctors and patients from the viewpoint of medical anthropology and ethics. The article also identifies the social structures that can prevent doctors from acting ethically. The proper relation between doctors and patients is not the relation between “I and it,” but rather the relation between “I and you.” The virtues of trust and concern are required to bring about this proper relation between doctors and patients. Medical science should regard human beings as subjects that continually produce their own meanings and have souls. Therefore, it is argued in this article that doctors must attend not only to the physical needs of patients but also to their mental and emotional needs.

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