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Volume 4 Issue 8 - 2018
A Reflection on Love and the Law in Medicine
Humberto Correa-Rivero*
Medical Doctor and Medical Teacher, Former Dean and Current Professor of Medical Humanism and Professionalism at the Faculty of Medicine, CLAEH University, Punta del Este, Uruguay
*Corresponding Author: Humberto Correa-Rivero, Medical Doctor and Medical Teacher, Former Dean and Current Professor of Medical Humanism and Professionalism at the Faculty of Medicine, CLAEH University, Punta del Este, Uruguay..
Received: May 09, 2018; Published: July 05, 2018
Citation: Humberto Correa-Rivero. A Reflection on Love and the Law in Medicine”. EC Anaesthesia 4.8 (2018): 276-279.
Medical Humanism and Medical Professionalism are structured schools of thought that work to improve doctors’ behavior, do right by the patients and restore the relationship between the two. Professionalism is permeated with the spirit of the codes of ethics, inspired by the noble Hippocratic Oath and its compliance is the core of the profession’s dignity. It also contains a reclaiming of the rights and prerogatives that the profession grants the doctor and is originated in a “social contract” [1,2]. Humanism, besides being a school of thought, is a profound feeling that takes root in the depth of the doctor’s soul; that sustains their behavior in favor of the patient and their needs in a spontaneous way, with no need to be reminded of it every time and finds gratification in it. One of its most important psychoneurological bases is our complex mental function called empathy [3]. The concept of empathy ¬¬-derived from the Greek word empatheia- was adopted in Europe in the 19th century to define the effect produced by the contemplation of works of art [4] and was later used in psychology by Sigmund Freud. Recent fRM and PET studies have proved its basis on complex neural networks through records on humans: especially insula, somatosensory cortex and anterior cingulate cortex [5].
Copyright: © 2018 Humberto Correa-Rivero. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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