Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (1): 51-54.doi: 10.24920/003486

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Humanistic Spirit Contained in Traditional Chinese Medicine should Be Valued

Wu Qunli, Liang Xiaochun()   

  1. Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing 100730, China
  • Received:2018-09-15 Revised:2019-02-22 Online:2019-03-30 Published:2019-04-08
  • Contact: Liang Xiaochun E-mail:xcliang@vip.sina.com

Abstract:

Medicine is a science studying human’s health and diseases as well as the regularity between them. Its research subject is human, who possess natural attribute, psychological attribute and social attribute. Therefore, medicine is bound to possess humanistic attribute. Rooted in Chinese traditional culture, Traditional Chinese Medicine contains abundant humanistic thoughts, for instance, pursuing the unity of human and nature, advocating the vital importance of life, sticking to the virtue of “medicine being humane art”, abiding by the principle of “Benevolence prior to interest”, complying with the medical rule of “Respecting peers”. These are the very concrete reflections of medical humanistic spirit. In this article we aim to explore the humanistic thoughts contained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and try to inherit and carry forward the spirit to better relieve the tensions between doctors and patients and improve the quality of medical services.

Key words: Traditional Chinese Medicine, humanistic spirit, doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics

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