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Holidays and journeys are restorative and therapeutic, but against what “illness”? There is an increasing tendency to combine holidays with therapy: health centres, spas, but also agritourism which offers peace and tranquillity and maybe even hay therapy, mud treatments…a plethora of breaks which we justify through their benefits to our well-being and respite. In reality, […]

Some scientists are fighting to let us reach the limit, judged possible, of 120 years. Today the average life expectancy has almost doubled compared to the start of the last century, thanks to medical progress, technology, pharmacology and hygiene. Men reach 76 years and women 82. Between maturity and old age, we have inserted the […]

Human biological material is increasingly important in scientific research. From blood samples, isolated cells or parts of the human body we can extract essential information to improve diagnostics and treatments, above all in oncology. But, as well as being important, there is also an increasing risk that, through the analysis of these biological materials, we […]

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how so-called “informed consent” is managed in hospitals… obviously it won’t always be how I’m about to describe it, but… You are given a sheet of paper to sign, not always by the doctor treating you or the person responsible on the ward, thinking of it as a formality […]

The difficulties of social changes project on the patient-professional relationship.   In a professional context like that of the health sector, where the interaction between user and professional is perhaps the most intimate ever created and has indeed become an unquestionable and fundamental part of the therapeutic process, it is necessary to reflect impartially and […]

The difficult communication for a multiethnic pathway in hospitals. prof. Maria Giovanna Ruberto Our society is rapidly changing in composition. Migratory fluxes, on the one hand, and cultural globalisation, on the other, have contributed to create a situation in which the traditional geographical and social confines which we are used to are being rapidly decreasing. […]

Following guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsability. prof. Giampaolo Azzoni A recent sentence by the fourth penal sector of the Supreme Court (n.8254 of 4 March 2011) declared a new (and highly problematic) principle: respecting guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsibility. The sentence also confirmed another, consolidated […]

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