«Medicine of the Person»
sees the patient as a physical, mental and emotional unity in his family and other social surroundings.

It is the expression of an attitude towards the patient regardless to the specific qualification of the doctor or of the function of a therapist.

Conferences

The society convenes every year in a different country in Europe for a three day conference preceded by three days of relaxing and exploring an attractive region of Europe. Each year a different theme is selected and talks and bible studies are delivered on that theme, followed by confidential discussions in small groups where each participant can explore the relevance of what they have heard to their medical practice and to their personal journey.

The aim is to develop and live the Medicine of the Person in our contemporary world.

Louvre, Paris

25th - 28th July 2018,
Centre Enclos Rey,
57 rue Violet,
Paris

"The art and science of medicine"

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2017 When medical care prejudices quality of life
69th international meeting, MONTMIRAIL, Switzerland. In general people find it easy to put their trust in medicine since in most cases, medical treatment improves health and quality of life. Things become much harder when that improvement fails to occur or is only arrived at with additional suffering. Are we aware, we doctors and carers, what we are asking of our patients when we try yet again to get a venflon or a needle into a difficult vein or when we prescribe a strict diet or start someone on chronic renal dialysis? Some treatments for cancer are known to cause unpleasant side-effects which are difficult to endure. We can forewarn patients and prepare them to some degree. When an operation goes badly and ends up making things worse, confidence in the surgeon and his treatment is shattered. Can I still continue to treat that patient, as his surgeon? How can I manage my failure with regard to the patient and my relationship with him? Other problems rear their heads at end of life. What are the treatments that we should, or wish to, or can administer to the patient in our care? What role is played by the family, as well as others around the patient on both the human and the spiritual front, in the patient’s decision and capacity to endure difficult treatment? As treatment become more technological, we as carers need carefully to assess what the patient can endure and to choose the right path for the individual in our care.
2016 Decisions on treatment: who makes them ?
68th interntional meeting PILGRIM HALL Uckfield (East Sussex) Great Britain. Our theme this year is a question which implies a cascade of further questions some of which are fundamental to personhood and person-centred care. As users of health services, are we in any real sense autonomous? Who holds the power to decide what should be done to investigate and treat our patient’s presenting symptoms and signs? To what extent, and with what resources, should those investigations and treatments be carried out? Who controls those resources and choices, what are the limits and how are they to be agreed? We should consider, too, people who have little personal autonomy but have it by proxy through those who should love and nurture them.