Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 December 2016

292 Pages


ISBN: 9780190650599

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Extraordinary Clinicians at Work

David Schenck and Larry Churchill

  • This book is the most extensive empirical study of the interactional components of healing available: it is the first effort to try to create a taxonomy of skills that are germane to all healthcare providers.
  • This book develops a new approach to bioethics, one that begins its inquiries with a thorough ethnographic investigation of clinician's understanding of their actual daily practice. This investigation leads to a conception of ethics that focuses on skills, not decisions or virtues.
  • The authors' rubric of the "healing response" provides a striking reinterpretation of the so-called "placebo effect." This re-conceptualization is based on discussion of advances in neurophysiological research.

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