Theoretical Medicine

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 325–331 | Cite as

On the dearth of philosophical contributions to medicine

  • Mark Yarborough
Special Aritcles


A recent editorial in this journal calls for more philosophical work in the areas of philosophy of medical science and research methodology [1]. The purpose of the present paper is to bring to light and discuss some obstacles and opportunities for development in these areas. In section I, barriers to increased philosophical work in medicine outside ethics are discussed. In sections II and III, additional areas in medicine ripe for philosophical work are identified and discussed: (a) improving the epistemic fitness of much current clinical reasoning, (b) defining the conditions under which greater epistemic fitness can be achieved, and (c) technology assessment.

Key words

clinical reasoning epistemic fitness ethics philosophy of science research methodology technology assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Yarborough
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of Colorado at DenverDenverUSA

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