Family Medicine Quartet

Maureen Estelle Rappaport


Family medicine is a unique medical discipline centred on the patient and the doctor patient relationship.  In this essay I use an arts based inquiry juxtaposing clinical narratives to illustrate the clinical philosophy of Ian McWhinney.


narrative Medicine; Family Medicine; Patient Centred Medicine

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Four principles of family medicine. Mississauga, ON: College of Family Physicians of Canada; 2006. College of Family Physicians of Canada [website].

Stewart M, Brown JB, Weston W, McWhinney IR, McWilliam C, Freeman TR . Patient-centered medicine: transforming the clinical method. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; 1995

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