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Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine

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Table of contents (68 entries)

  1. “Lives at Risk” Study: Philosophical and Ethical Implications of Using Narrative Inquiry in Health Services Research

    • Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Sarah Wright, Marcus Doel, Melanie Storey, Clare Clement, Frances Rapport
  2. Delusions: A Project in Understanding

    • KWM Fulford, Tim Thornton
  3. Dignity of the Patient

    • Andrew Edgar, Lennart Nordenfelt
  4. Dying and the End of Life

    • James Stacey Taylor

About this book

Philosophy of medicine is thought of today as a distinct discipline with its own set of concerns. This title focuses on all major aspects of the philosophy of medicine and the attempts of philosophers, bioethicists, and physicians to address its unique set of problems and questions. It deals with the various metaphysical, ethical and practical problems and questions facing modern medicine such as human nature and mind; reductionism and holism; causation and etiology; notions of disease, health, illness and disability; ageing, death and suicide; medical theory and models; social determinants of health and the role of factors such as technology and evidence-based medicine in providing valid diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Thomas Schramme

  • Philosophy, History and Law, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

    Steven Edwards

About the editors

Thomas Schramme is Professor in the Department of Philosophy of University of Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Schramme has nearly 2 decades of teaching and research experience in the field of philosophy of medicine. He has held several fellowships and holds Editorial Board memberships in a number of prestigious journals. Dr. Schramme has to his credit a large number of publications on philosophy of medicine and bioethics.

Steven Edwards is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, History & Law in Swansea University, UK. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Edwards has focused mainly on ethical and philosophical issues in healthcare, specifically the philosophy and ethics of nursing and the philosophy of disability. He is a member of important ethics committees in related fields. Dr. Edwards has to his credit a good number of publications on philosophy of medicine and bioethics.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine

  • Editors: Thomas Schramme, Steven Edwards

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Religion and Philosophy, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy