Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry

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Not all of us have been intrigued by philosophy. Plato, Descartes, Kant—those are names representing ideas we may feel we should know more about, but, what can you say? We are busy clinicians, and keeping up with the latest developments in our field is already more than we can accomplish. And yet, we all probably confronted, at one point or another in our medical school education and beyond, fundamental philosophical questions, such as the definition of health, the meaning of suffering, or the ephemeral, subjective nature of pain.

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(5):868