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Revista de Bioética y Derecho

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DIAZ-ROMERO, Paula. On the recognition of the disease as a subjective experience and its impact on Public Health. Rev. Bioética y Derecho [online]. 2022, n.55, pp.3-22.  Epub Jan 20, 2023. ISSN 1886-5887.

This paper seeks to analyze the doctor-patient relationship within the framework of phenomenological bioethics. The phenomenology of disease starts from the subjective experience and analyses its invariable features, that is, those essential features that appear in the presence of disease. From this approach to disease, phenomenology provides elements that allow us to think critically about the doctor-patient relationship by recognizing the situated dimension of disease and the institutional context that modifies, alters, and re-signifies this situationality. In this way, it will be proposed that phenomenological bioethics provides a basis for public health by revealing the need to guarantee the care of the patient's vulnerability, which exceeds the scope of the merely pathological.

Keywords : Experience; epistemic injustice; bioethics; phenomenology; disease; public health.

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