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Contemporary Medicine – Science or Art?

Author(s): Veselina Slavova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Philosophical Traditions, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Aesthetics, Special Branches of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Culture and social structure , Vocational Education, Adult Education, State/Government and Education, Individual Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Inclusive Education / Inclusion
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: contemporary medicine; science; art; health; illness

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the current paper is to discuss medicine as a unity of scientific knowledge, acquired skills, and attitude based on moral responsibility. Following an analysis of the terms ‘science’ and ‘art’, it is suggested that neither of them singlehandedly satisfies the requirements of contemporary medicine and those of medical practitioners. As a science, its focus is rather on the illness itself than on the patient and their needs and preferences. As an art, it prioritises the patients and their individual needs but risks undermining the knowledge and experience of the medical professional. The most beneficial option is a symbiosis between science and art. A dialogue between them would increase the amount of trust in the medical profession as a combination of scientific knowledge and technical skills.

  • Issue Year: 28/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 128-134
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian