How to speak postmodern. Medicine, illness, and cultural change

Hastings Cent Rep. 2000 Nov-Dec;30(6):7-16.


KIE: The modernist "biomedical model" offers an inadequate understanding of illness. At the same time, some of the conceptual constructs that are offered to supplement the biomedical model are carelessly employed. Much that is said and written about empathy and healing, in particular, fails to reflect the historical and critical self-awareness of postmodern thinking at its best. (HCR)

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel / ethnology*
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Empathy*
  • Existentialism
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Models, Biological*
  • Philosophy, Medical*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Postmodernism*
  • Quality of Life
  • Sick Role
  • Social Change*