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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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MUNOZ C, Félix. Internal medicine, art and science in the third millennium. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2013, vol.141, n.2, pp.217-219. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872013000200011.

Internal medicine, art and science in the third millennium is a statement that Medicine is not only science. It acts on the sick individual to reestablish a natural state as a curative art. Medical art, commissioned by an individual or a society, is service. It requires vocation to obtain satisfaction. However due to the incidence of value changes, market globalization, technological and industrial development, the patient/physician relationship is becoming a user/provider relationship. Physician-related factors such as a higher health care demand, resource shortage and a progressive specialization have also influenced this change of paradigm. This is causing dissatisfaction, loss of self-esteem and a lower ethical commitment among professionals. We need to recover a professional repertoire of ideas in the context of a global ethics. Responsibility and co-responsibility are ethical principles addressed to technological civilizations and their collateral effects on people and environment that lead to a "responsible globalization". We also need a scientific futurology to define risks and avoid errors. In this era of progressive specialization, Internal Medicine, with its holistic vision of mankind, may play a fundamental role in the field of bioethics.

Palabras clave : Congresses as Topic; History; 21st Century; Internal Medicine.

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