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Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine

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Part of the book series: Philosophy and Medicine (PHME, volume 68)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Phenomenology and Medicine

    1. Introduction: Phenomenology and Medicine

      • S. Kay Toombs
      Pages 1-26
  3. Phenomenology and Medicine

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. The Lifeworld and Scientific Interpretation

      • Patrick A. Heelan
      Pages 47-66
    3. Medicine and the Phenomenological Method

      • Frances Chaput Waksler
      Pages 67-86
    4. The Phenomenology of Health and Illness

      • Fredrik Svenaeus
      Pages 87-108
    5. Thinking about Medicine

      • Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 127-144
  4. The Body

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. Female Embodiment and Clinical Practice

      • Maureen Connolly
      Pages 177-196
    3. The Body, Music, and Healing

      • Bruce Wilshire
      Pages 215-225
  5. Lived Experience

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 227-227
    2. Experiencing Illness Through Storytelling

      • Arthur W. Frank
      Pages 229-245
    3. The Lived Experience of Mental Illness

      • Jo Ann Walton
      Pages 279-293
  6. Clinical Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 295-295

About this book

As the fields of philosophy of medicine and bioethics have developed in the United States, the philosophical perspective of phenomenology has been largely ignored. Yet, the central conviction that informs this volume is that phenomenology provides extraordinary insights into many of the issues that are directly addressed within the world of medicine. Such issues include: the nature of medicine itself; the distinction between immediate experience and scientific conceptualization; the nature of the body - and the implications of embodiment in the realm of clinical practice; the meaning of health, illness and disease; the problem of intersubjectivity - particularly with respect to achieving successful communication with another; the complexity of decision-making in the clinical context (and in the realm of medical ethics); the possibility of empathic understanding; the theory and method of clinical practice; and the essential characteristics of the therapeutic relationship - i.e. the relationship between the sick person and the one who professes to help. Some of the authors who have contributed to this volume are philosophers, some are engaged in other academic disciplines, and several are practicing healthcare professionals.

Keywords

  • Edmund Husserl
  • Emmanuel Lévinas
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • autonomy
  • bioethics
  • body
  • communication
  • complexity
  • concept
  • ethics
  • evolution
  • health
  • medical ethics
  • phenomenology

Reviews

"The style of presentation is engaging and will be appreciated by the intelligent reader who has an interest in issues that are important to health care, refreshingly approached through perspectives from within phenomenology. A training in philosophy is not a requirement for the contents of this volume to be appreciated."
(Elizabeth Pask in Nursing Ethics, 9:5 (2002)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Philosophy Department, Baylor University, Waco, USA

    S. Kay Toombs

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eBook USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-94-010-0536-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)