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George Eliot’s Middlemarch: a contribution to medical professionalism
  1. A Rosin
  1. Professor A Rosin, Geriatric Department, Shaare Zedek, Medical Center, Jerusalem, 91032, Israel; arosin{at}netvision.net.il

Abstract

The qualities of medical professionalism have been questioned in the last few years. George Eliot’s 19th century novel Middlemarch illustrates some of the truths that should underlie the physician-patient relationship, and depicts prophetically some of the developments that were to occur in reality in the medicine of the 20th and 21st century. Her insight into the problems facing a medical researcher and the fictional conflicts between vocation and marriage are real issues of medical professionalism even today.

  • George Eliot’s Middlemarch
  • medical professionalism
  • medical research
  • doctor-patient relationship

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  • Competing interests: None.

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