Is suffering the enemy?

Hastings Cent Rep. Mar-Apr 2002;32(2):40-4.


The relief of suffering is the great goal of medicine. That physicians give up on suffering when they can do nothing about the underlying condition is one of the contemporary criticisms of medicine. Yet even in irremediable suffering there is something noble, to which physicians should attend.

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Management*
  • Philosophy, Medical
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*


  • Analgesics