Peabody’s “Care of the patient” and the nature of medical science

Howard Brody

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Francis W. Peabody’s 1927 essay “The Care of the Patient” is widely quoted, yet few appreciate the subtlety of its interweaving of medical science with its more obvious humanistic elements. Understanding the essay in context requires a recapitulation of Peabody’s life story, a review of earlier work that led up to the culminating lecture in 1926, and a detailed analysis of the thread of argument Peabody wove through the lecture. A better understanding of the essay shows how Peabody anticipated several important later developments in medical thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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