Patient-Centered Care in the Light of Contemporary Methodological Approaches, Selected Hippocratic Writings, and Ruphus’ from Ephesus Quaestiones Medicinales: An Outline of the Issue

Keywords: ancient medicine, patient-centered care, Hippocrates, Ruphus from Ephesus


The Hippocratic writings show that ancient medicine focused its diagnostic and therapeutic efforts on the patient to a high degree. However, Rufus of Ephesus, an author from the 2nd century A.D., shows that listening carefully to the patient is no less important in medicine than taking into account his existence’s external and internal conditions. Making the patient a unique partner in the pursuit of improving the quality of their health also enhances their quality of life. Moreover, modern medical humanities strongly emphasize the fact that taking into account the biopsychosocial aspects of patient care strengthens the principle that in any case, it is the person who should be in the center of therapeutic care. His life and health constitute the overriding goal of any medical intervention.


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