Classificatory Challenges in Physical Disease

Authored by: Mathias Brochhausen

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

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

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


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Classifying entities into categories is at the core of scientific practice, especially in the life sciences. In medicine, the discipline of classifying diseases is called nosology. In this chapter we will give an overview of the theoretical background and current approaches to the nosology of physical diseases, as well as the aims and contexts of disease classifications and their challenges.

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