20 What does ‘medicine’ mean and why does it matter?

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Abstract

Objectives

Sharpen our understanding of the goals of medicine. Such an understanding is necessary to realize what lies within the spheres of medicine and what not.

Method

Philosophical investigation.

Conclusions

If medical doctors are to be able to participate in a societal dialogue on the goals and hence limits of medicine, they need to reflect upon their own identity and form an understanding of what they stand for.

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