«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.


01 Paul Tournier Award

Paul Tournier Prize at the 11th International Conference on Person-Centered Medicine in Geneva  11 April 2018

Winner: Prof C. Robert Cloninger

Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics and Psychology
Director, Center for the Science of Wellbeeing
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA

Opening address by Frédéric von Orelli: „The Woman’s Mission in the Medicine ofthe Person viewed by Paul Tournier“   read

Paul Tournier Prize Lecture by C Robert Cloninger: „The Science of Wellbeeing and Tournier’s Medicine of the Person“   read  pdf of the powerpoint and   read Lecture

and two related papers  (paper 1paper 2)

We wish you an interesting lecture

02 70th meeting, 25th – 28th July 2018

70th meeting, 25th – 28th July 2018

"The art and science of medicine"

For the 70th meeting of the international association of Médecine de la Personne, ‘Médecine de la Personne – International Group’, we will be meeting in the heart of Paris. During the three days of discovery and relaxation, we will explore the less well-known sites of Paris. In other words, we won’t be following the usual tourist trail.

50 years ago, the practice of medicine (ars medici) was limited in large part to knowledge, experience and intuition. Treatments were not standardized and patients ‘believed’ in their competent doctor and his treatments. The doctor could largely develop his very personal way of treating diseases on his own and apply it to his patients. Nowadays, medical science can analyse, describe health problems and pronounce treatments ‘correct’ or ‘useless’. Has the art of practising medicine been abandoned and has medicine become no more than a technique following guide-lines? What sort of medical practice are we preparing our medical students for?

Our speakers will talk to us about the limits of evidence-based medicine, the importance of the placebo effect, doctors’ credulity, the future of medicine and of spirituality in medicine and the evidence for the role of the doctor’s character, manner, way of speaking in the therapeutic relationship with patients. We will seek in our small groups to discuss the current role of the ‘art of medicine’ for the doctor and will try and explore in which situations the person of the care-giver and their relationship with the patient are important for the success of the treatment. Are there biblical texts which can help us as we pose these questions?

Médecine de la Personne, the medicine of relationship, can be discussed looking at it from many different points of view. Having said that, among innumerable international medical meetings, there are very few which explore the subject from the point of view of the doctor’s and other care-givers’ daily work with patients. The association of ‘Médecine de la Personne – International Group’, based on the work of Paul Tournier, started by him almost 70 years ago, has this topic as its focus. It is an international conference like no other where medical practitioners and allied health professionals from all walks of life and their spouses play an active part in the small group discussions. In addition, we offer you the option of discovering some of the beautiful (and less well-known) parts of Paris and relaxing amongst friends from Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th July.

For further informations please see the complete programme or contact members of the organizing committee (the ‘équipe’).

(For online registration follow the link on the left of this page. Registration form to print and send by post)

With warmest personal greetings, looking forward to seeing you in July,        

Frédéric von Orelli and the organizing committee.

03 Autumn letter 2017

Autumn letter 2017

Dear friends,

By this letter you may have an idea from the meeting of Montmirail, Switzerland on the theme „When medicine prejudices quality of life“

Read it here.

The full texts are available under meetings.