The Healer's Art
Beyond drugs, beyond technology, there will always be the human element, "the healer's art." Dr. Cassell discusses the world of the sick, the healing connection and healer's battle, the role of omnipotence in the healer's art, illness and disease, and overcoming the fear of death.
Eric J. Cassell, M.D., is an internist and clinical director of the Program for the Study of Ethics and Values in Medicine at Cornell Medical School. His two-volume work Talking with Patients: The Theory of Doctor-Patient Communication, and Clinical Technique, is available from The MIT Press in cloth and paperback.
"In this thoughtful and thought-provoking book, Dr. Cassell ... suggests a redefinition of the physician's role that may point the way for the next generation of doctors-and patients."
- Adam Yarmolinsky, New England Journal of Medicine
"This is more than a book about the doctor-patient relationship. It is about health, medicine, morality, life, and death all richly illustrated with examples from Cassell's experience."
- Richard H. Kessler, M.D., Perspectives in Biology and Medicine