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The Meaning of Illness : A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient - S.Kay Toombs

The Meaning of Illness

A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient

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Published: 31st August 1993
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This work provides a phenomenological account of the experience of illness and the manner in which meaning is constituted by the patient and the physician. Rather than representing a shared reality between doctor and patient, illness represents two quite distinct realities - the meaning of one being significantly and qualitatively different from the meaning of the other. Drawing upon insights derived from psychological phenomenology, the author explores this difference and provides a detailed account of the way in which illness and body are apprehended differently by doctor and patient.
The author considers the implications for medical practice, particularly in terms of achieving successful communication between doctor and patient, providing a comprehensive account of illness, alleviating suffering, and devising maximally effective therapeutic interventions. Consideration is given to ways of developing a shared world of meaning through the use of clinical narrative, empathic understanding and an explicit focus on the lifeworld interpretation of illness.
Awarded the first Edwin Goodwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology.

Introduction: A Phenomenological Approach
The Separate Worlds of Physician and Patient
Own World
Common World
Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient
Implications for Medical Practice
Illness
Levels of Constitution of Meaning
The Patient's Apprehension of Illness
The Physician's Apprehension of the Patient's Illness
Implications for Medical Practice
The Body
The Lived Body
Body as Object
Lived Body in Illness
Body as Object in Illness
The Body-as-Scientific-Object
Implications for Medical Practice
The Healing Relationship
Illness-as-Lived
Empathic Understanding
Clinical Narrative
The Healing Relationship
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780792324430
ISBN-10: 0792324439
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 165
Published: 31st August 1993
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 20.68 x 16.92  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.26