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Philosophy - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science | Elisha Bartlett's Philosophy of Medicine

Elisha Bartlett's Philosophy of Medicine

Stempsey, William (Ed.)

2005, X, 239 p.

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  • About this book

This volume is a scholar's edition of the first systematic American work on the philosophy of medicine, An Essay on the Philosophy of Medical Science (Philadelphia, 1844), by Elisha Bartlett (1804-1855). The book is divided into two parts: Part I consists of a critical introduction that gives a biographical sketch of Elisha Bartlett and situates his empiricist philosophy of medicine within the philosophical debates of the various theoretical schools of medical practice of early nineteenth-century America. Short summaries of Bartlett's other writings and important addresses are presented, and many of the reviews of Bartlett's work that appeared in the medical journals of his time are discussed. Also, the influence of the Paris clinical school on Bartlett's philosophy is shown. Part II contains the Essay, and includes a previously unpublished manuscript of Bartlett's philosophy of therapeutics, which develops some of the ideas of the Essay and adds another facet to Bartlett's philosophy of medicine. In conclusion, some critical notes on Bartlett's works are incorporated. A bibliography includes Bartlett's published work, published reviews of his work, unpublished manuscripts and correspondence, and secondary literature on Bartlett and the philosophy of nineteenth-century medicine, and the book's index provides scholars access to the major ideas in Bartlett's work.

This book will be of interest to philosophers of medicine, physicians, historians of medicine, and medical ethicists.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » education - medical practice - medicine - philosophy of medicine

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Medicine

Table of contents 

Preface.
Part I. Introduction; William E. Stempsey, S.J. Contents of This Book. A Biographical Sketch of Elisha Bartlett. Early Life and Education. Medical Education. Life in Lowell. The Peripatetic Professor. Return to Rhode Island. Philosophy of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century. Early Nineteenth Century American Medicine. The Paris Clinical School. Influence of the Paris Clinical School in America. Elisha Bartlett’s Philosophy of Medicine. An Introductory Lecture on the Objects and Nature of Medical Science. An Essay on the Philosophy of Medical Science. An Inquiry into the Degree of Certainty of Medicine, and into the Nature and Extent of Its Power over Disease. The Philosophy of Therapeutics. Bartlett’s Other Writings. Editorial Work and Translation. Medical Writing. Medical Exhortation. Civic Addresses. Poetry. Bibliography.
Part II. Texts; Elisha Bartlett. An Essay on the Philosophy of Medical Science, Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia, 1844. Part First: Philosophy of Physical Science. Chapter I. Chapter II. Chapter III. Chapter IV. Chapter V. Part Second: Philosophy of Medical Science. Chapter I. Chapter II. Chapter III. Chapter IV. Chapter V. Chapter VI. Chapter VII. Chapter VIII. Chapter IX. Chapter X. Chapter XI. Chapter XII. Chapter XIII. Chapter XIV. Chapter XV. Chapter XVI. Index. The Philosophy of Therapeutics, Manuscript, ca. 1852.
Notes; William E. Stempsey, S.J.
Index.

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