Care, cure and interpersonal understanding

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This article distinguishes two approaches within care theory, relating them to different views on the physician-patient relationship within philosophy of medicine. The first regards care as a skillful comportment by the care-giver, based upon intuitive insight into the needs of the care-receiver. The second regards care as a mutual endeavour, based upon openness and dialogue. The first approach resembles the interpretative model of the doctor-patient relationship; the second is parallel to the deliberative model. The two approaches within care theory and the two positions within philosophy of medicine are both expressions of a fundamental distinction between two different views of interpersonal understanding. This distinction is elaborated upon by discussing Gadamer's analysis of interpersonal understanding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1169
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of advanced nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1999


  • Care
  • Cure
  • Gadamer
  • Interpersonal understanding
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy of medicine

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