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21st International Balint Congress
September 11 - September 15
21st International Balint Congress – Porto, Portugal
Message from the APGB President
The Portuguese Balint Association and the International Balint Federation warmly invites you for the 21st International Balint Congress, taking place in Porto, from 11th to 15th September 2019.
“Seeing medicine through other eyes” is our theme. Nowadays, medical knowledge is dominated by the technologic medicine that emerged from the scientific advances and the therapeutic discoveries. Fortunately, the doctor doesn’t forget the limits of his power, and converts his impotence into a strong willingness to help, an unlimited wish to relieve the suffering of his patient. And this single and exclusive human relationship, that makes the doctor a companion in the patient fate, needs to be regarded through different kind of eyes, the eyes of the Human and of the Human sciences.
The Portuguese Balint Association has great expectations of strengthening the Balint movement in Portugal by organizing this congress in the city of Porto. We believe that it will contribute to raise the awareness of the Portuguese doctors for the importance of doctor-patient relationship as an essential tool for the diagnostic and therapeutic processes.
So, we invite you to come to Porto, in 2019. Porto is an old city in the north of Portugal, with a medieval centre classified as UNESCO World Heritage, since 1996. It is the second larger city of the country, after the beautiful and magnificent Lisboa, the capital. But for its historical importance, Porto remains the heart of the country.
Manuel M Sousa, MD
(The president of the directive board of APGB)