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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 0864-3466versión On-line ISSN 1561-3127


MORENO RODRIGUEZ, Miguel A. Ethics, technology and clinics. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2006, vol.32, n.4. ISSN 0864-3466.

With the emergence and development of the scientific-technical revolution in medicine, one witnesses severe deterioration of the physician-patient relationship, increasing neglect of questioning, physical exam and clinical knowledge as well as irrational and excessive use of & dependence on supplementary tests by a high number of phusicians,all of which shapes a real fetishism of technology. The above-mentioned has very important and sensitive ethical implications in medical practice. The present paper concisely analyzed some reasons for this phenomenon; addressed the relations between clinics and technology and it emphasized the importance of the clinical knowledge as an essential component of diagnosis and indispensable guide to prescribe supplementary tests. At the same time, the article outlined the great value of lab tests, the changes that have occured in the process of clinical reasoning and how clinics and the lab complement each other as the two main components of the clinical method

Palabras clave : Clinical method; diagnostic method; technologies; ethics.

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