Summary Comments

  • Joel Elkes
Part of the Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Series book series (SKICS)


The preceding papers and discussions reflect the cultural transformation in which we live. In an age of revolutions, one gets used to revolutions. Ours is a somewhat more complicated affair, for it reaches deep into traditions that we have taken for granted in our trade. In any age, medicine and culture are mirrors of each other, and the values of one are deeply rooted in the values of the other. Medicine’s view of sickness has been a continuous conversation between the “without” and the “within,” between attack and defense, between the visible and tangible causes of an illness and the less obvious and ambiguous aspects rooted in the body’s competence and in the human condition. Such leads as we have in cancer involve both; and it is in this conjunction that the value of the preceding papers lie.


Preceding Paper Cultural Transformation Restorative Healing Summary Comment Somatic Approach 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Elkes
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    • 2
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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