Philosophy and Medicine

Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine

Editors: Toombs, S. Kay (Ed.)

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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.

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"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)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine
Editors
  • S. Kay Toombs
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
68
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0536-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0536-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0151-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0200-7
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 497
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