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Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Now available:  the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine.  This 48 chapter volume is a comprehensive guide to topics in the fields of epistemology and metaphysics of medicine.

PART I: GENERAL CONCEPTS
The concept of disease (Dominic Sisti and Arthur Caplan)
Disease, illness, and sickness (Bjorn Hofmann)
Health and wellbeing (Daniel Hausman)
Disability and normality (Anita Silvers)
Mechanisms in medicine (Phyllis Illari)
Causality and causal inference in medicine (Julian Reiss)
Frequency and propensity: The interpretation of probability in causal models for medicine (Donald Gillies)
Reductionism in the biomedical sciences (Holly Andersen)
Realism and constructivism in medicine (Jeremy R. Simon)

PART II: SPECIFIC CONCEPTS
Birth (Christina Schuees)
Death (Steven Luper)
Pain and suffering (Valerie Gray Hardcastle)
Measuring placebo effects (Jeremy Howick)
The concept of genetic disease (Jonathan M. Kaplan)
Diagnostic categories (Annemarie Jutel)
Classificatory challenges in psychopathology (Harold Kincaid)
Classificatory challenges in physical disease (Mathias Brochhausen)

PART III: RESEARCH MEDICINE
(a) Evidence in Medicine
The randomized controlled trial: internal and external validity (Adam La Caze)
The hierarchy of evidence, meta-analysis, and systematic review (Robyn Bluhm)
Statistical evidence and the reliability of medical research (Mattia Andreoletti & David Teira)
Bayesian versus Frequentist clinical trials (Cecilia Nardini)
Observational research (Olaf Dekkers & Jan Vandenbroucke)
Philosophy of epidemiology (Alex Broadbent)
Complementary/alternative medicine and the evidence requirement (Kirsten Hansen & Klemmens Kappel)
b. Other Research Methods
Models in medicine (Michael Wilde & Jon Williamson)
Discovery in medicine (Brendan Clarke)
Explanation in medicine (Mael Lemoine)
The case study in medicine (Rachel Ankeny)
Values in medical research (Kirstin Borgersen)
Outcome measures in medicine (Leah McClimans)
Measuring harms (Jacob Stegenga)
Expert consensus (Miriam Solomon)

PART IV: CLINICAL METHODS
Clinical judgment (Ross Upshur & Benjamin Chin-Yee)
Narrative medicine (Danielle Spencer)
Medical decision making: diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis (Ashley Graham Kennedy)

PART V: VARIABILITY AND DIVERSITY
Personalized and Precision Medicine (Alex Gamma)
Gender in Medicine (Inmaculada de Melo Martin & Kristin Intemann)
Race in Medicine (Sean Valles)
Atypical bodies in medical care (Ellen Feder)

PART VI: PERSPECTIVES
The biomedical model and the biopsychosocial model (Fred Gifford)
Models of mental illness (Jacqueline Sullivan)
Phenomenology and hermeneutics in Medicine (Havi Carel)
Evolutionary Medicine (Michael Cournoyea)
Philosophy of Nursing: caring, holism and the nursing role(s) (Mark Risjord)
Contemporary Chinese medicine and its theoretical foundations (Judith Farquhar)
Double truths and the postcolonial predicament of Chinese medicine (Eric Karchmer)
Medicine as a commodity (Carl Elliott)

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