Health Humanities in Medicina: The Auxiliary Stance

Medicina 58 (3):411 (2022)
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At the core of medicine is the idea to help fellow human beings by improving or even restoring their health. Let us call this the auxiliary stance of medicine—the motivation of medical intervention by reference to a moral obligation to guide our peers in their attempt to live a healthy and productive life. In parallel, the auxiliary stance is also central to public health, with a focus on prevention and health promotion. Taken together, we can view medicine and public health as the two main human auxiliary endeavors to protect individuals and populations from health risks and help them to heal when sick.
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