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GIMENEZ MAS, J. A.. Medical proffesionalism today: a new call from the hippocratic tradition. Medifam [online]. 2002, vol.12, n.9, pp.49-58. ISSN 1131-5768.

Scientific and technological advances demands to the physicians a specialized training that allows facing complex pathologies. Regretably, the traditional understanding of Medicine has been much modified and the relationship between doctors and patients has been damaged. These changes are the consequence of Renaissance mechanicism and from time to time in the history physicians have called for their traditional origins. After Paracelso, Sydenham, Hahnemann, today the international scientific societies EFIM (European Federation of Internal Medicine), ACP-ASIM (American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine) and ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine), have given us a touch of attention in order to preserve our professionalism and not to loose the principal objectives already enounced by Hippocrates. Now a day people demands more and more traditional medicine assistance (Natural Medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture) because a claim for the traditional role of doctors. It urges to recover for our conventional medicine the Hippocratic message by promoting a General Medicine harmonizing role already from education at the university and allowing that medicine specialties develop in a complementary, but essential, technical role.

Palabras clave : History of Medicine; Ethics; Medical education; Traditional medicine.

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