«Medicine of the Person»
sees the patient as a physical, mental and emotional unity in his family and other social surroundings.

It is the expression of an attitude towards the patient regardless to the specific qualification of the doctor or of the function of a therapist.


01 72nd international meeting, 22nd to 25th July 2020

72nd international meeting, 22nd to 25th July 2020

Is postponed until the 28th to 31st July 2021

Dear friends of Médicine de la Personne,

Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we have sadly decided that we must cancel this year’s meeting of Medicine de la Personne at Doorn. The restrictions on social gatherings and travel are unlikely to be fully lifted by July. Until a vaccine becomes available the risk of transmitting the virus to each other in large groups is too great.

As the conference centre is available and our speakers are willing to speak next year, I am pleased to announce that we will be able to meet at Doorn in 2021, from the 28-31st July, with the same programme and the same speakers.

I was to have spoken on Psalm 71 with the title, 'God, our refuge and hope in a lonely world' which seems particularly prescient now that so many of us are confined to home, limited to communicating with family and friends via social media or telephone.

Paul Tournier wrote 'Escape from Loneliness' in 1948 because the emotional isolation of modern men had deeply impressed him. The psalmist pours out his emotions to God in Psalm 71 and we can join with him in proclaiming; ‘though we have seen troubles, many and bitter, God will restore our life again, He will increase our honour and comfort us once again.’ We can find as Tournier did, that taking refuge in the presence of God will ‘lead to the discovery of our true self and to self-confidence. It gives us a clear vision of what we have that we can share with others and heals our fear, so our own worth is affirmed.’ (Escape from Loneliness, page 172)

Whatever your situation, I and the équipe send you our warmest good wishes and look forward to seeing you in 2021 and, in the meantime, do stay in touch.

Kathy Webb-Peploe

Solitude and Isolation in Healthcare

In 2021 instaed of 2020, our Dutch friends are welcoming us to Doorn, near Utrecht in central Holland. During the discovery days, we will explore the region and its history (Rotterdam, Dordrecht, the Biesbosch national park etc.) and we will have the chance to meet new people and renew old friendships.

The study days from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon will be devoted to issues around people who seek solitude or suffer from loneliness. What does isolation mean for a person’s health? Can solitude be a good thing? Many people feel lonely, in spite of having numerous friends (or acquaintances). Medicine of the Person, the medicine of relationship can play a particular role in helping us to find an answer. In our work, the doctor can also end up feeling lonely.

Children and adolescents, people in the prime of their working lives, the elderly and those with dementia have different problems and issues. We will seek inspiration from our speakers to find ways of helping both our patients and ourselves in our day to day lives.

For further information please see the programme or contact members of the organizing committee.

For online registration follow the link on the left of this page. Registration form to print and send by post or scan and send by email to the regional office

With warmest personal greetings, looking forward to seeing you in July 2021,

The organizing committee.

02 Autumn letter 2019

Autumn letter 2019

Dear friends,

By this letter you may have an idea from the meeting of Teplá 2019, on the theme „Patients without capacity“.

Read it here

The full texts are available under conferences.