Entertaining Angels Unawares: An Articulation of the Distinctive Virtues of Community Medicine

Virtues commonly associated with medicine include phronesis,
compassion, and the abnegation of self-interest. The hallmark of
community medicine, as a distinct form of medical practice, is a
commitment to redressing health inequity. To fulfill this commitment
through the care of medically disenfranchised individuals and
communities requires the cultivation of virtues distinctive to
community medicine: hospitality and reconciliation.
This presentation explores the foundations for creating an
environment in which the medically disenfranchised might
re-engage with the health care community.

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