Family Medicine Quartet

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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.

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Rappaport, M. E. (2015). Family Medicine Quartet. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 2(2).
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Maureen Estelle Rappaport, McGill university St Mary's hospital

Assistant professor of medicine

dept of family medicine

mcgill university,and St Mary's hospital centre


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