Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 437–440 | Cite as

Keekok Lee: The philosophical foundations of modern medicine

Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2012, 248 pp., $90.00 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-230-34829-5
  • Jeremy R. SimonEmail author

It would be a mistake to approach the present book as one of philosophy, as the author herself tells us: “This is not a book about philosophy” (p. 8). It is, rather, the elaboration of a particular thesis in the history and philosophy of science, applied to the example of medicine. According to the author, each science and every era of each science can only be understood in the context of the underlying philosophy of its era. This philosophy will influence the metaphysics and epistemology of a given science and determine which questions are appropriate. This book applies the thesis to modern scientific medicine (which the author dates as starting in the seventeenth century).

The book is divided into three parts, proceeding from the general to the specific. The first part presents the author’s understanding of the philosophical basis of modern science generally. The second part looks at the philosophical basis of medicine in general. The final part of the book is an extended discussion...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine and Center for BioethicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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