Current advances of modern medicine, in our diagnostic procedures and therapeutic options, are rapidly progressing. We often concentrate, however, merely on scientific aspects of medical problems rather than including a patient-centred approach and ethical aspects of a disease. Important for a healthy balance between specialism and integrative medicine are those discussed in the article. Suchare a critical appraisal of medical technology, a re-evaluation of patients and their illness, our detailed history-taking and thorough clinical examination and a better understanding and approach to drug diversities. Drug effects and interactions as well as psychosocial aspects of patients and their lives should be fully acknowledged. These themes of daily medical activities (microethics) as mentioned above are suggested tobe further enriched by macroethics at the beginning and end of life.
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