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Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine

Now available – Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine – 68 chapters spanning over 1000 pages.


This is the first wide-ranging, multi-authored handbook in the field of philosophy of medicine, covering the underlying conceptual issues of many important social, political and ethical issues in health care. It introduces and develops over 70 topics, concepts, and issues in the field. It is written by distinguished specialists from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, health sciences, nursing, sociology, political theory, and medicine. 


Many difficult social and ethical issues in health care are based on conceptual problems, most prominently on the definitions of health and disease, or on epistemological issues regarding causality or diagnosis. Philosophy is the discipline that deals with such conceptual, metaphysical, epistemological, methodological, and axiological matters. 


This handbook covers all the central concepts in medicine, such as ageing, death, disease, mental disorder, and well-being. It is an invaluable source for laypeople, academics with an interest in medicine, and health care specialists who want be informed and up to date with the relevant discussions. The text also advances these debates and will set the agenda for years to come.


Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics
Schramme, Thomas

Normality as Convention and as Scientific Fact
Chadwick, Ruth

On Concepts of Positive Health
Nordenfelt, Lennart

Disease as Scientific and as Value-Laden Concept
Kingma, Elselijn

Mental Disorders as Genuine Medical Conditions
Wakefield, Jerome C.

Curing and Healing: Two Goals of Medicine
Szawarska, Dorota

Illness and Its Experience: The Patient Perspective
Carel, Havi

Nursing as Caring
Sellman, Derek

Goals of Medicine
Schramme, Thomas

Suffering: Harm to Bodies, Minds, and Persons
Hofmann, Bjørn

Disability as Medical and as Social Category
Edwards, Steven

Subjective and Objective Accounts of Well-Being and Quality of Life
Schramme, Thomas

Pain as a Subjective and Objective Phenomenon
Dekkers, Wim

Death as Biological Category
Holland, Stephen

Suicide
Edwards, Steven

Enhancing Human Abilities and Characteristics Beyond Normality
Bloodworth, Andrew

How Can Aging Be Thought of as Anything Other Than a Disease?

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.