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The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:355
  1. Sanjay A Pai (, consultant pathologist
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    Arthur Frank, professor of sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada, makes two surprising and perhaps disturbing statements. He confesses to not being “unqualifiedly grateful” to his physicians for having treated him for cancer. Equally important is his perception that his doctors did not care for him with unqualified generosity at all times. Why has medicine come to this state of affairs? And what can be done about it?

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