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
Normality as Convention and as Scientific Fact
On Concepts of Positive Health
Disease as Scientific and as Value-Laden Concept
Mental Disorders as Genuine Medical Conditions
Wakefield, Jerome C.
Curing and Healing: Two Goals of Medicine
Illness and Its Experience: The Patient Perspective
Nursing as Caring
Goals of Medicine
Suffering: Harm to Bodies, Minds, and Persons
Disability as Medical and as Social Category
Subjective and Objective Accounts of Well-Being and Quality of Life
Pain as a Subjective and Objective Phenomenon
Death as Biological Category
Enhancing Human Abilities and Characteristics Beyond Normality
How Can Aging Be Thought of as Anything Other Than a Disease?