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Introduction

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

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

10.4324/9781315720739.intro

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Abstract

Philosophy of medicine is an emerging field. Although medical ethics established itself as a discipline in the 1970s, the epistemology and metaphysics of medicine—the central topics of this volume—have come to the fore more recently. In the United States, we look back to 2005 and 2008, when Harold Kincaid organized conferences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that are now regarded as the first and second conferences of the International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable (https://philosmed.wordpress.com/). Since then, four conferences were held: Rotterdam 2009, San Sebastian 2011, New York City 2013, and Bristol 2015; the seventh Roundtable is being planned for 2017 in Toronto.

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