Human dimension in medical care: Insights from Buber and Marcel

Pembroke, Neil (2010) Human dimension in medical care: Insights from Buber and Marcel. Southern Medical Journal, 103 12: 1210-1213. doi:10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181efb3bc

Author Pembroke, Neil
Title Human dimension in medical care: Insights from Buber and Marcel
Journal name Southern Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-4348
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181efb3bc
Volume 103
Issue 12
Start page 1210
End page 1213
Total pages 4
Place of publication Birmingham, AL, United States
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Martin Buber's concept of inclusion and Gabriel Marcel's notion of availability are used to cast new light on the human dimension in medical care. Buber's notion of inclusion indicates that clinical empathy should involve both cognitive and affective elements. It is argued that empathy is more than simply labeling a feeling state. Including oneself in the inner reality of the patient involves recognizing what her suffering feels like. Marcel's work on availability is used to point out how crucially important it is for the clinician to open herself to the suffering of the patient if she is to offer genuinely compassionate care. Availability requires a fundamental openness to the other that Marcel refers to as "in-cohesion" or porosity. This is identified as an essential quality in the caring clinician. Marcel's approach to overcoming a lack of compassion is also discussed. Copyright: © 2010 Southern Medical Association
Keyword Availability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 24 Nov 2010, 13:13:31 EST by Rev Dr Neil Pembroke on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry