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Care in Healthcare

Reflections on Theory and Practice

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  • Offers a coherent approach to the notion of care that combines theory and practice and reveals their inter-relatedness

  • Provides a framework of care to be of interest to scholars and students of philosophy, ethics, social sciences and health care

  • Includes case studies for healthcare provisions of high societal relevance, such as diabetes and dementia

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Table of contents (14 chapters)


About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book examines the concept of care and care practices in healthcare from the interdisciplinary perspectives of continental philosophy, care ethics, the social sciences, and anthropology. Areas addressed include dementia care, midwifery, diabetes care, psychiatry, and reproductive medicine. Special attention is paid to ambivalences and tensions within both the concept of care and care practices. Contributions in the first section of the book explore phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to care and reveal historical precursors to care ethics. Empirical case studies and reflections on care in institutionalised and standardised settings form the second section of the book. The concluding chapter, jointly written by many of the contributors, points at recurring challenges of understanding and practicing care that open up the field for further research and discussion. This collection will be of great value to scholars and practitioners of medicine, ethics, philosophy, social science and history.


“This book is written for practicing healthcare providers as well as academic audiences. By bringing attention to often unspoken and unexamined norms, the authors offer sage insights for students or anyone else interested in caregiving. … This is an intriguing addition to the field of care studies. The historical and cultural discussions specific to each author's background provide novel perspectives that are not frequently found in the current care literature.” (Brandy M. Fox, Doody's Book Reviews, February, 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    Franziska Krause, Joachim Boldt

About the editors

Franziska Krause is Senior Researcher at the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine at Freiburg University, Germany. One of her main research areas is the ethics of care.

Joachim Boldt is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine and Coordinator of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Freiburg University, Germany. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Care in Healthcare

  • Book Subtitle: Reflections on Theory and Practice

  • Editors: Franziska Krause, Joachim Boldt

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61290-4Published: 06 November 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87043-4Published: 24 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61291-1Published: 24 October 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 298

  • Topics: Medical Sociology, Medical Anthropology, Social Care, Theory of Medicine/Bioethics, Bioethics

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