Lege Artis Medicinae

[A different take on people-centred medicine]

GÁBOR Zsuzsa

FEBRUARY 26, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(02)

[Perhaps the most painful consequence of the crisis that has been deepening in our healthcare system for decades is the change in the content of traditional human-personal relationships, their emptying out. It is small consolation to know that this is by no means an isolated phenomenon, nor is it a national peculiarity, a kind of Hungarian curse. The explosion caused by the scientific and technological revolution has also caught health care unprepared in other parts of the world. The depth of the crisis and the severity of its symptoms vary only according to the economic possibilities of compensation. Yet, the dehumanisation of medicine, the very concept itself is so unacceptable that it is imperative to seek practical solutions.]



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