The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine

The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine

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A definitive and authoritative guide to a vibrant and growing discipline in current philosophy, The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine presents an overview of the issues facing contemporary philosophy of medicine, the research methods required to understand them and a trajectory for the discipline's future.

Written by world leaders in the discipline, this companion addresses the ontological, epistemic, and methodological challenges facing philosophers of medicine today, from the debate between evidence-based and person-centered medicine, medical humanism, and gender medicine, to traditional issues such as disease, health, and clinical reasoning and decision-making. Practical and forward-looking, it also includes a detailed guide to research sources, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated bibliography, as well as an introductory survey of research methods and discussion of new research directions emerging in response to the rapid changes in modern medicine.

"Philosophy needs medicine', Hillel Braude argues, 'to become more relevant'. By showing how modern medicine provides philosophers with a rich source of material for investigating issues facing contemporary society, The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine introduces the opportunities medicine offers philosophers together with the resources and skills required to contribute to contemporary debates and discussions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23.88mm | 802g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1474233007
  • 9781474233002

Table of contents

List of Contributors
Part I: Introduction: Philosophy of Medicine, Research Problems and Methods
1. Introduction: Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine, James A. Marcum (Baylor University, USA)
2. Research Problems and Methods in the Philosophy of Medicine, Michael Loughlin (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), Robyn Bluhm (Michigan State University, USA), and Mona Gupta (University of Montreal, Canada)
Part II: Current Research and Future Directions
3. Disease in the Era of Genomic and Molecular Medicine, Marianne Boenink (University of Twente, Netherlands)
4. Philosophy of Epidemiology, Alexander Broadbent (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
5. Justification of Evidence-Based Medicine Epistemology, Jeremy Howick (University of Oxford, UK)
6. Evolutionary Medicine: Philosophical Aspects, Michael Ruse (Florida State University, USA)
7. Medical Humanism
Part 1: Philosophical and Historical Underpinnings, Alfred I. Tauber (Boston University, USA)
Part 2: Inspirations of the Twentieth Century, Lydie Fiolova (University of Edinburgh, UK)
8. Phenomenology and Medicine, Fredrik Svenaeus (Soedertoern University, Sweden)
9. Gender Medicine and Phenomenological Embodiment, Tania Gergel (King's College London, UK)
10. Patient and Person Centered Medicine: Does the Center Hold?, James A. Marcum (Baylor University, USA)
11. Health and Disease, Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University, UK)
12. Causation in Medicine, Brendan Clarke (University College London, UK) and Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
13. Clinical Reasoning and Knowing, Hillel Braude (The Mifne Center, Rosh Pinna, Israel)
14. New Directions in Philosophy of Medicine, Jacob Stegenga (University of Victoria, Canada), Ashley Graham Kennedy (Florida Atlantic University, USA), Serife Tekin (Daemen College, USA), Saana Jukola (Bielefeld University, Germany), and Robyn Bluhm (Michigan State University, USA)
Part III: Research Resources
Glossary of Key Terms
Research Guide
Annotated Bibliography
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Review quote

Few studies of the philosophy of medicine are as comprehensive and accessible as this volume ... This is a required resource for anyone interested in the philosophy of medicine, be they knowledgeable about the field or coming to it for the first time. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. * CHOICE * Readers and users of this companion - most likely to be medical students interested in ethics and philosophy, philosophy students interested in medicine and healthcare, tutors and lecturers in the field, members of ethics
committees and anyone interested in the values and aims underpinning primary and secondary healthcare - will find a wealth of bibliographical material, much of it usefully current and available. * Reference Reviews * This collection of themes, at the cutting edge, on pluralisms in medical theory and practice is a welcomed and useful addition to the growing literature on contemporary philosophy of medicine. -- Keekok Lee, Honorary Research Fellow of Philosophy, University of Manchester, UK This is a timely collection written by some of the best philosophers of medicine working in the field today. It provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary work in each of the areas within philosophy of medicine and will be a valuable resource for students and researchers in this lively and growing field. -- Havi Carel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK Overall, the volume is a high-quality publication, which meets its aim of providing a comprehensive companion to the area for postgraduate students and scholars ... it provides a wealth of highly accessible information on the main topics of traditional and recent concern for philosophers of medicine, sourced from authors who are authorities in their area. * Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics *
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About James A. Marcum

James A. Marcum is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Medical Humanities Program at Baylor University, USA. He earned doctorates in philosophy from Boston College and in physiology from the University of Cincinnati Medical College. He was on faculty at Harvard Medical School before going to Baylor.
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