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   Books / eBook : The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine
Routledge | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1138846791 | 578 pages | PDF | 2.70 MB
by Miriam Solomon (Editor), Jeremy R. Simon (Editor), Harold Kincaid (Editor)

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine is a comprehensive guide to topics in the fields of epistemology and metaphysics of medicine. It examines traditional topics such as the concept of disease, causality in medicine, the epistemology of the randomized controlled trial, the biopsychosocial model, explanation, clinical judgment and phenomenology of medicine and emerging topics, such as philosophy of epidemiology, measuring harms, the concept of disability, nursing perspectives, race and gender, the metaphysics of Chinese medicine, and narrative medicine. Each of the 48 chapters is written especially for this volume and with a student audience in mind. For pedagogy and clarity, each chapter contains an extended example illustrating the ideas discussed. This text is intended for use as a reference for students in courses in philosophy of medicine and philosophy of science, and pairs well with The Routledge Companion to Bioethics for use in medical humanities and social science courses

"Medicine's challenges often appear to be purely scientific and technical - but those who work in clinical pratice or health policy know all too well that science and technology generate as many intellectual challenges as they solve. This book, whose diverse contributors include many at the cutting edge of philosophical inquiry, illuminates and explores these complex challenges. Reassuringly, few chapters offer easy answers or quick fixes."

Trisha Greenhalgh, University of Oxford, UK

"Unlike its sibling discipline, medical ethics, the philosophy of medicine has long needed an anthology that surveys the field and the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine fills that need. This collection provides a comprehensive overview of the methods and subjects of this emerging and exciting academic field. I am sure that this will become the standard introduction to the philosophy of medicine."

Tod Chambers, Northwestern University USA

About the Author
Miriam Solomon is Professor and Chair in the Philosophy Department at Temple University, and Affiliated Professor at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She works in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, and feminist philosophy. She is the author of Social Empiricism (2001), Making Medical Knowledge (2015), and numerous articles. She is Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD, is an emergency physician. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, an attending physician in the New York-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine residency, and a member of the Ethics Consultation Service at New York-Presbyterian/CUMC. His primary academic research is in philosophy of medicine, and he also writes on medical ethics.

Harold Kincaid is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles in the philosophy of science. Among his many books is the most recent, Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Illness and Natural Kinds (2014).

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