The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

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Miriam Solomon, Jeremy R. Simon, Harold Kincaid
Routledge, 2017 - Medical - 563 pages
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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine is a comprehensive guide to topics in the fields of epistemology and metaphysics of medicine. It examines traditional topics such as the concept of disease, causality in medicine, the epistemology of the randomized controlled trial, the biopsychosocial model, explanation, clinical judgment and phenomenology of medicine and emerging topics, such as philosophy of epidemiology, measuring harms, the concept of disability, nursing perspectives, race and gender, the metaphysics of Chinese medicine, and narrative medicine. Each of the 48 chapters is written especially for this volume and with a student audience in mind. For pedagogy and clarity, each chapter contains an extended example illustrating the ideas discussed. This text is intended for use as a reference for students in courses in philosophy of medicine and philosophy of science, and pairs well with The Routledge Companion to Bioethics for use in medical humanities and social science courses.

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About the author (2017)

Miriam Solomon is Professor and Chair in the Philosophy Department at Temple University, and Affiliated Professor at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She works in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, and feminist philosophy. She is the author of Social Empiricism (2001), Making Medical Knowledge (2015), and numerous articles. She is Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Jeremy R. Simon, MD, PhD, is an emergency physician. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, an attending physician in the New York-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine residency, and a member of the Ethics Consultation Service at New York-Presbyterian/CUMC. His primary academic research is in philosophy of medicine, and he also writes on medical ethics.

Harold Kincaid is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles in the philosophy of science. Among his many books is the most recent, Classifying Psychopathology: Mental Illness and Natural Kinds (2014).

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