Preserving the Foundations of Modem Medicine - Through the Traditions of lbn Sina (980-1037 AD)
Keywords:Ibn Sina, Health care reform, Professionalism, Medical education, Islamic medical renaissance, Social values
Four challenges face educators and leaders of medicine at the turn of the 21st century and third millennium.Professionalism - The foundation of the profession must continue to rest in universities and academic health centers.
Education - Global networks of communication must be developed to facilitate the sharing of high quality information. Quality of care - Principles of quality management and health service delivery must be designed to ensure quality in health at an affordable cost. Social values - Human rigbts, tolerance, and respect for others must be perceived as core values in medicine for the preservation of health and the continuation of scientific progress. Similar challenges confronted ibn Sina at the beginning of the second millennium and William Osler, 100 years ago. A review of these issues may offer guidance to us as we confront similar challenges in the context of current-day realities in medicine and health care. Presented al the Fourth International and 30th Annual Convention of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, July 26-August 1, 1997, Amman, Jordan.
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