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History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

Classification, Disease and Evidence

New Essays in the Philosophy of Medicine

Editors: Huneman, Philippe, Lambert, Gérard, Silberstein, Marc (Eds.)

  • Comprehensive overview of current topics in the Philosophy of Medicine
  • Connects current Medicine Practice with Philosophy of Science discussions
  • Offers original insights in medical ethics and public heath
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About this book

This anthology of essays presents a sample of studies from recent philosophy of medicine addressing issues which attempt to answer very general (interdependent) questions: (a) what is a disease and what is health? (b) How do we (causally) explain diseases? (c) And how do we distinguish diseases, i.e. define classes of diseases and recognize that an instance X of disease belongs to a given class B? (d) How do we assess and choose cure/ therapy?

The book is divided into three sections: classification, disease and evidence. In general, attention is focused on statistics in medicine and epidemiology, issues in psychiatry and connecting medicine with evolutionary biology and genetics. Many authors position the theories that they address within their historical contexts.

The nature of health and disease will be addressed in several essays that also touch upon very general questions about the definition of medicine and its status. Several chapters scrutinize classification because of its centrality within philosophical problems raised by medicine and its core position in the philosophical questioning of psychiatry. Specificities of medical explanation have recently come under a new light, particularly because of the rise of statistical methods and several chapters investigate these methods in specific contexts such as epidemiology or meta-analysis of random testing. Taken together this collection addresses the question of how we gather, use and assess evidence for various medical theories.

The rich assortment of disciplines featured also includes epidemiology, parasitology and public health, while technical aspects such as the application of game theory to medical research and the misuse of the DSM in forensic psychiatry are also given an airing. The book addresses more than the construction of medical knowledge, however, adding cogent appraisal of the processes of decision making in medicine and the protocols used to justify therapeutic choices.

Reviews

“This volume is a collection of philosophy of medicine chapters that deal, in one way or another, with the three linked themes of the title. … The chapters are well-researched and well-written and provide the reader with a useful snapshot of contemporary philosophy of medicine. … this book is a valuable addition to the research literature. ” (Brendan Clarke, Metascience, Vol. 25, 2016)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Objectivity, Scientificity, and the Dualist Epistemology of Medicine

    Cunningham, Thomas V.

    Pages 1-17

  • The Naturalization of the Concept of Disease

    Lemoine, Maël

    Pages 19-41

  • What Will Psychiatry Become?

    Murphy, Dominic

    Pages 43-61

  • The Function Debate and the Concept of Mental Disorder

    Demazeux, Steeves

    Pages 63-91

  • Emerging Disease and the Evolution of Virulence: The Case of the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic

    Méthot, Pierre-Olivier (et al.)

    Pages 93-130

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 28, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0662-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Classification, Disease and Evidence
Book Subtitle
New Essays in the Philosophy of Medicine
Editors
  • Philippe Huneman
  • Gérard Lambert
  • Marc Silberstein
Series Title
History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8887-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8887-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8886-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0662-7
Series ISSN
2211-1948
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 211
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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