Can the future of medicine be saved from the success of science?

Acad Med. 2004 Jul;79(7):661-5. doi: 10.1097/00001888-200407000-00009.


The author considers how an emphasis on the achievements of biomedical science has contributed to a loss of human understanding and increased cynicism and dissatisfaction in the practice of medicine. A balanced approach to health care requires attention to both the biological and humanistic aspects of our patients' lives. Awareness and acceptance of our own individual weaknesses and strengths as physicians are also essential to understanding and appreciating the full range of needs in our patients, a process that ultimately leads to compassionate care.

MeSH terms

  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humanism*
  • Knowledge
  • Science*