The Language of Medicine


Journal Article (Letter)

To the Editor: Fein raises a number of interesting issues in his recent Sounding Board (April 8 issue).1 His warning about medical ethics based on the cost-versus-benefit theme echoed those of a previous author in the Journal: The original concept of medicine and nursing was not based on any rational or feasible likelihood that they could actually cure and restore but rather on an essentially maternal or religious idea. Gradually, in all civilized countries, medicine has moved away from this position.2 No doubt the rising costs of health care have accelerated that trend. But Alexander pursues the implications. . . © 1982, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooper, R; Cohen, R; Cohen, HJ; Lambird, PA; Langford, HG; Mayock, P

Published Date

  • October 7, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 307 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 958 - 959

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-4406

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-4793

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJM198210073071525

Citation Source

  • Scopus