«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 Prize

Paul Tournier Prize, awarded at the 12th International Conference on Person-Centered Medicine in Geneva, March 26th 2019
Winner: Prof Alberto Perales
Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Ethics in Health, San Marcos National University School of Medicine, Lima, Peru
Former President, Latin American Network of Person-Centered Medicine
Past President, National Academy of Medicine of Peru

Opening address by Frédéric von Orelli: "Ideas of Paul Tournier about suffering put in relation to the Burnout-Syndrome"   read

Paul Tournier Prize Lecture by A. Perales: "Promoting Wellbeing and Overcome Burnout"   read  pdf of the powerpoint 

We wish you an interesting lecture

02 71st meeting, 14th to 17th August 2019

71st meeting, 14th to 17th August 2019

"Patients without capacity"

It is the fourth time that the International Association of Medicine of the Person is to meet in the Czech Republic. In 2019 we will be meeting near Marienbad in Bohemia in the ancient convent of Teplá. During the first three days of the week, we will explore the area guided by Dagmar and Petr Fiala, seeing the sites and enjoying the company and friendship of others attending the meeting.

During the three study days, we will be considering the situations where decisions have to be taken on behalf of the patient who is unable to express himself or take those decisions for him or herself. In our daily work as doctors, we have learned to take into account the opinions of the patient as much as possible as we make decisions on their behalf. What does it mean to have to take these important decisions for the patient, their relatives, doctors and carers, as far as the law is concerned and more? We will hear the thoughts of the palliative care physician, the intensivist and the psychiatrist, but also the pediatric specialist in social medicine and Tom Fryers who will consider ethical and theological aspects of this topic. Three bible studies will give us the opportunity to ask ourselves questions about our responsibility for the whole person; body, mind and spirit.

Come and join us to discuss the topic in small groups, share our experience of treating patients without capacity, our questions and our opinions. Partners are included just as much as doctors and carers so that the discussions are kept personal and broad-based.

For further information please see the programme or contact members of the organizing committee.

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

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

Frédéric von Orelli and the organizing committee.

03 Autumn letter 2018

Autumn letter 2018

Dear friends,

By this letter you may have an idea from the meeting of Paris 2018, on the theme „The Art and Science of Medicine“.

Read it here

The full texts are available under conferences.