Conclusions Philosophizing at the Bedside

  • Ilana Löwy
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 37)


Polish philosophers of medicine were aware of the specificity and the unique character of their school of thought. In the introduction to the second edition of The Logic of Medicine, Biegański reviewed other studies dealing with the philosophy of medicine: Medizinische Logik by Oesterlen and Introduction à l’étude de la médecine expàrimentale by Claude Bernard. He noted that:

both works deal only with medical knowledge, i.e., with the theoretical and scientific aspect of medicine. The practical tasks of medical cognition, namely the theory of diagnosis and of therapeutic indications, were not discussed in these works. Thus both Oesterlen’s Logic of Medicine and Bernard’s Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine are incomplete studies which do not deal with the full scope of medical knowledge. The practical aspects of medical knowledge were taken into consideration only by a series of studies in the Polish language.


Medical Knowledge Chapter VIII Practical Task Medical Critique Philosophical Reflection 
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  • Ilana Löwy
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  1. 1.Hôpital Necker-Enfants MaladesINSERMParisFrance

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