Quo Vadis Medical Healing

Past Concepts and New Approaches

  • Susanna Elm
  • Stefan N. Willich

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Philosophical and Ethical Foundations

  3. Concepts of Healing in History

  4. Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy

    1. Paul U. Unschuld
      Pages 71-80
  5. Acute Health Care and Social Medicine

  6. Business Concepts

  7. New Approaches in Medicine and Their Constitutional Ramification

    1. Martin Paul
      Pages 127-141
    2. Martin Nettesheim
      Pages 143-171

About this book


Medical healing implies knowledge of the assumptions that underlie our understanding of "health," and, concomitantly, how we define well being and its opposites, illness and disease. Today, health, health care (business, wellness, recreation), and medicine (especially research-driven scientific medicine) have become separate entities with different institutions, budgets, marketing philosophies and "corporate cultures". Furthermore, healing is individual and subjective, yet at the same time also culturally determined. The present volume brings together papers on these topics in an unique interdisciplinary approach. The book provides an ethical framework for healthcare from a political perspective. It discusses definitions of the terminology of healing and health and their ethical and medical implications including their historical contexts. A separate section expands the theme of the cultural constructedness of healing by the concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Modern medicine has a strong focus on acute care, which urgently needs to place greater emphasis on preventive medicine including the crucial importance of social factors on health and on the emergence of "public health". The point of view of Business Concepts, their potential and limitations are by no means neglected and the legal ramifications of genetic research and innovative medical strategies with regard to some of our most foundational notions are discussed.


Preventive Medicine Public Health bioethics complementary and alternative medicine death gene therapy healing health social and preventive medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanna Elm
    • 1
  • Stefan N. Willich
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Charité University Medical CenterBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8941-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8942-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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