Lege Artis Medicinae

[To be a “good enough” physician – The identification and acceptance of shame]

KELEMEN Gábor

JULY 18, 2022

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2022;32(06-07)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.32.024

[For two and a half millennia, the subject of shame, either in a toxic form that results in the masking of errors or in an adaptive form that may promote patient safety, has been almost missing from the narrative of medicine. The author traces the path of medical problematization of shame, mainly in the light of the work of those Hungarian psychoanalytic doctors who have played a role in this process. In the light of the concept of a “good enough” doctor, he examines the negative consequences of perfec­tionism for excellence. ]

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