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Tzouriadou-Teske, E. ; Inst. of Biomed. Eng., Bogazici Univ., Istanbul, Turkey

This text is very different from the ones we expect to listen to in such a conference. In fact, this lecture deals with neither equipment nor procedures promoting the latest medical techniques in curing diseases. On the contrary it encourages us to look at the traditional, old-fashioned and well-known healing methods under a new light. Western civilization has entirely forgotten the simple principle that as disease is psychosomatic, the same is true for healing. Society has deified Technology and Medical procedures to such a degree that all things in a hospital, including the patient, are there to serve these two gods. Patients aren't considered human beings, but just cases. Cases of disease to study and experiment with. The hospitals that accommodate services going along with this kind of mentality (that is, in case of need, the sacrificing of the comforts - or even the well-being - of the individual patient for the general idea of reducing morbidity or improving health conditions collectively in society) belong to the group of "Technology-centered" health facilities. But lately another type of Medical Architecture has begun to appear. Mainly it started from the Scandinavian countries and it's spreading rapidly, especially in all developed countries being used to having only High-Tech. Medical facilities before. This new trend puts the individual patient as first priority in its list of interests, so this kind of health facility can be indentified as "Patient-Centered".

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:4 )

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2001