Medical Identity: A Socio-Cultural Analysis

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Bidragets oversatte titelMedicinsk identitet : En sociokulturel analyse
Purpose: To examine philosophical stances underpinning medical identity and assess the conceptual relationship between
physician, medical practice and culture.
Argument: Medical identity is about the ideals and moral positions that physicians take when justifying themselves.
Medical identity is the study of the sociocultural paragons that conceptually underlie the phenomenology of physician’s
coming to take themselves as autonomous social agents. The paper relies on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and
investigates dilemmas pertaining to first objectivist versus subjectivist views and second hedonistic versus sentimentalist
approaches to medical identity. The sociocultural philosophical analysis of medical identity can shed light on what it means
conceptually for a physician to harbor beliefs associated with him/her being taken to be an autonomous professional. It is
important because it touches on the meaning of being a compassionate, good and skilled physician, making its relevance to
person-centered medicine self-evident.
Conclusion: Medical identity should be analyzed with reference to literature, philosophy and medical practice in order for
the physician to exercise a reflective position in the care of the individual patient which is both scientifically rational and
subjectively meaningful.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal for Person Centered Healthcare
Sider (fra-til)222-227
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2015


  • Ethics, medical identity, sociocultural theory, person-centered medicine

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