Humanizing Modern Medicine

An Introductory Philosophy of Medicine

  • James A. Marcum

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 99)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Metaphysics

  3. Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 96-96
    2. Pages 97-119
    3. Pages 137-152
    4. Pages 153-169
    5. Pages 171-185
  4. Ethics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-374

About this book


In this book the author explores the shifting philosophical boundaries of modern medical knowledge and practice occasioned by the crisis of quality-of-care, especially in terms of the various humanistic adjustments to the biomedical model. To that end he examines the metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical boundaries of these medical models. He begins with their metaphysics, analyzing the metaphysical positions and presuppositions and ontological commitments upon which medical knowledge and practice is founded. Next, he considers the epistemological issues that face these medical models, particularly those driven by methodological procedures undertaken by epistemic agents to constitute medical knowledge and practice. Finally, he examines the axiological boundaries and the ethical implications of each model, especially in terms of the physician-patient relationship. In a concluding Epilogue, he discusses how the philosophical analysis of the humanization of modern medicine helps to address the crisis-of-care, as well as the question of “What is medicine?”

The book’s unique features include a comprehensive coverage of the various topics in the philosophy of medicine that have emerged over the past several decades and a philosophical context for embedding bioethical discussions. The book’s target audiences include both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as healthcare professionals and professional philosophers.

“This book is the 99th issue of the Series Philosophy and Medicine…and it can be considered a crown of thirty years of intensive and dynamic discussion in the field. We are completely convinced that after its publication, it can be finally said that undoubtedly the philosophy of medicine exists as a special field of inquiry.”


Biomedicine Ethics Medical humanism Medical philosophy Quality-of-care crisis bioethics diagnosis health

Authors and affiliations

  • James A. Marcum
    • 1
  1. 1.Baylor UniversityHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6796-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6797-6
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