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Der marginalisierte Patient medizinische Realität oder polemische Fiktion?
»Marginalization« is not only a descriptive category in modern sociology but also a polemic expression of political controversies. The article discusses the usefulness but also the theoretical problems of the term »marginalization« in the context of medical ethics. The topic »The Marginalised Patient« alludes to three facts: first to groups of patients that, compared to the majority, are neglected by our health care system, both in therapy and in research; second to specific people who are marginalised and stigmatised in our society because of their disease; and third to the fact that the medical service as such marginalises the human being as a patient. The latter point is a sociological finding which owes much to the perspective of functional systems theory.Zum vollständigen Artikel | Artikel bestellen