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Catastrophe, Caregiving and Today's Biomedicine

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Many factors, including the increasing commercialization of biomedicine, have caused medical practice to be increasingly divorced from the practice of caregiving. In this article, the authors argue that the two must be reunited in multiple ways if we are to have a just and compassionate healthcare and medical practice.

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  1. 1 Kleinman comments on this picture in more detail in What really matters: Living a moral life amidst uncertainty and danger (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

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An earlier version of this paper, entitled ‘Today's biomedicine and caregiving: Are they incompatible to the point of divorce?’, was delivered by Arthur Kleinman as a Cleveringah lecture at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, on 26 November 2007.

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Kleinman, A., Hanna, B. Catastrophe, Caregiving and Today's Biomedicine. BioSocieties 3, 287–301 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1745855208006200

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