Medical Diagnosis and Institutional Settings

  • José Luis Peset
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)


The ethics of diagnosis cannot be studied independently of the moral values of the group or class to which the physician and ill person belong. And these values are determined by the epoch and the place where they are lived. Only in this way can we comprehend the historical evolution of medicine. Pedro Lain Entralgo [3] and Michel Foucault [2], among others, have explored this basis of continuous change in the physician-patient relationship.


Institutional Setting Primary Medical Care Commercial Relationship Greek Physician Modem Medicine 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • José Luis Peset
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Históricos, C.S.I.C.MadridSpain

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