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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Edited by: Miriam Solomon , Jeremy R. Simon , Harold Kincaid

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138846791
eBook ISBN: 9781315720739
Adobe ISBN: 9781317519850

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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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Concept of Disease Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Disease, Illness, and Sickness Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Health and Well-Being Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Disability and Normality Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Mechanisms in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Causality and Causal Inference in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Frequency and Propensity: The Interpretation of Probability in Causal Models for Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Reductionism in the Biomedical Sciences Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Realism and Constructivism in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Birth Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Death Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Pain, Chronic Pain, and Suffering Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Measuring Placebo Effects Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Concept of Genetic Disease Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Diagnostic Categories Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Classificatory Challenges in Psychopathology Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Classificatory Challenges in Physical Disease Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Randomized Controlled Trial: Internal and External Validity Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Hierarchy of Evidence, Meta-Analysis, and Systematic Review Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Statistical Evidence and the Reliability of Medical Research Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Bayesian Versus Frequentist Clinical Trials Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Observational Research Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Philosophy of Epidemiology Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Complementary/Alternative Medicine and the Evidence Requirement Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Models in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Discovery in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Explanation in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Case Study in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Values in Medical Research Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Outcome Measures in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Measuring Harms Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Expert Consensus Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Clinical Judgment Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Narrative Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Medical Decision Making: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Personalized and Precision Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Gender in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Race in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Atypical Bodies in Medical Care Download PDF
Chapter  41:  The Biomedical Model and the Biopsychosocial Model in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Models of Mental Illness Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Phenomenology and Hermeneutics in Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Evolutionary Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Philosophy of Nursing: Caring, Holism, and the Nursing Role(s) Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Contemporary Chinese Medicine and its Theoretical Foundations Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Double Truths and the Postcolonial Predicament of Chinese Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Medicine as a Commodity Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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