When a person falls ill, their experience changes - sometimes in a
very minor and transient way, sometimes in a decisive and lasting
one. 'Diagnosis' is often seen as the process of scientifically and
objectively identifying the causes of this subjective experience,
but is the process and meaning of 'diagnosis' really as simple as
this implies? As this volume of The Medical Humanities Companion
argues, diagnoses are an answer to complex human needs that spring
from being ill, and are in turn a complex, culturally mediated
interaction between individuals, scientific discoveries, social
negotiation and historical change. This volume makes visible the
complexities and ambiguities involved in giving and receiving
diagnoses, and how they shape and are shaped by views on what is
real and acceptable, and how people relate to the phenomena of
|Country of origin:
• Martyn Evans
• Raimo Puust
||Electronic book text
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