Theoretical Medicine

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Autonomy in the doctor-patient relation

  • David C. Thomasma


As an introduction to this issue, I argue that the concept of autonomy is clearly important for many of the freedoms we enjoy. The problem in medicine with its use lies in interpreting the concept with respect to the impact of disease on persons, the models of medicine we employ, and the settings in which the problems arise. A short statement about the major points of the authors collected in this issue concludes the editorial.

Key words

Philosophy of medicine Autonomy Medical ethics Doctor-patient relation Hermeneutics Metaphysics of persons Health care setting Models of medicine Disease Self-determination 


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Thomasma
    • 1
  1. 1.Stritch School of MedicineLoyola University Medical Center, Medical Humanities ProgramMaywoodUSA

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