La historia de la medicina y su dimensión ético-antroplógica

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The history of medicine and its ethical-anthropological dimension

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The article highlights the ethical-anthropological dimension of the history of medicine. In the past we can find those elements of ethical relevance that are in close continuity with the present. Since its origins the doctor has experienced the conflict between the world of desire and the world of the limit. Caring for the sick begins from there, from the awareness of sharing the same desire, the same limit, the same destiny. The article looks at the history of medicine as the history of humanity; within is all human life, as defined by the historian Fielding Garrison. In this perspective, the ethical-anthropological dimension emerges above all in the multiple figures of exemplary doctors characterized by values such as courage, dedication, empathy, but above all by a great sense of humanity and solidarity for their patients. In short, an ethical-social reading can emerge from art and literature. They are not only a testimony to an era but also a seismograph of the ethical dimensions of medicine.This article highlights the ethical-anthropological level of the history of medicine. It explores the close connection between past and present regarding those elements of ethical relevance in medicine. Since the beginning, the physician experienced the conflict between hopes and limits. Medical care springs exactly from the awareness of sharing the same desire, the same limit, and the same destiny. This article regards the history of medicine as history of mankind; according to the historian Fielding Garrison, the history of medicine embodies the entire human life. In this perspective, the ethical-anthropological dimension emerges particularly in many exemplary figures of physicians, distinguished for courage, commitment, empathy, humanity and solidarity towards their patients. Finally, arts and literature can be regarded as instruments to get a cultural perspective, as well as guidelines for social and ethical key of interpretation. They are not only historical documents, but also a seismograph, registering the fundamental historical dimension of medicine
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The history of medicine and its ethical-anthropological dimension
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)127-147
Number of pages21
JournalMEDICINA Y ÉTICA:REVISTA INTERNACIONAL DE BIOÉTICA, DEONTOLOGÍA Y ÉTICA MÉDICA
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • historia de la medicina

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