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"Professor Bunge argues masterfully that physicians, whether or not they are aware of it, operate in the context of a philosophical framework, elegantly presented in this text, that has been influenced by centuries of thought. Remarkably, the implications of this framework are manifold and far-reaching, such as motivating a robust argument for the importance of basic science research in an era that emphasizes the translational, as well as an incisive take down of the insidious consequences of mind-brain dualism on the care of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. I recommend this enriching and provocative book broadly." --Bradley L Schlaggar, A Ernest and Jane G Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis

" Problems were well sorted out and evaluated in a lucid way. It became obvious that Bunge is an experienced writer and that he has an important and readable message. He takes a very clear critical position on various forms of alternative medicine."
-- Erling Norrby, Professor of Virology, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

"This is in my opinion an unusual and much-needed book. It is unusual because medicine is seldom a topic which, medical ethics apart, philosophers have touched at all. And it is much needed because the larger and more comprehensive contextualization that philosophers (should) bring to any topic is lamentably absent from present-day discussions of medical issues ... Bunge brings to his treatment of the subject a familiarity with a vast range of the relevant literature regarding medical issues and his extensive expertise as a philosopher, and as a philosopher of science, this enables him to offer uniquely valuable insight and information to his discussions. His book is a clear and cogent treatment of fundamental issues. I enthusiastically recommend the publication of this brightly instructive book." --Nicholas Rescher, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

"This book by Professor Bunge fills a much needed gap in the philosophy of medicine. With his brilliant and creative blend of ontological systemic materialism, epistemological realism, science based technology, and humanist ethics, Professor Bunge deals innovatively with the philosophical underpinnings of modern medicine. Be prepared to learn about the merits and limitations of Evidence-Based Medicine, Hill's criteria, empiricist pharmacology, the Frequentism vs. Bayesianism dilemma in RCTs, causality in therapeutics, biologism and sociologism in epidemiology, preventive public health policy, individual and social medical ethics, and the role of medicine in our culture, among other important problems. You will never think about medicine in the same way again." --Carles Muntaner, Professor of Nursing, Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Toronto

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This is the first book that analyzes and systematizes all the general ideas of medicine, in particular the philosophical ones, which are usually tacit. The aims of this book are to ferret out, investigate, and inter-relate the most general concepts and assumptions involved in medical research and practice. Most of these ideas are regularly discussed, in intuitive and unsystematic terms, in the most popular medical journals, such as the N Engl J Med, Lancet, BMJ, Arch Int Med, and JAMA.

Instead of focusing on one or two points typically disease and clinical trial as the vast majority of philosophers do, this book examines all the salient aspects of biomedical research and practice: the nature of disease, the logic of diagnosis, the discovery and design of drugs, the design of lab and clinical trials, the crafting of therapies and design of protocols, the moral duties and rights of physicians and patients, the distinctive features of scientific medicine and of medical quackery, the unique combination of basic and translational research, the place of physicians and nurses in society, the task of medical sociology, and the need for universal medical coverage. Health care workers, medicine buffs, and philosophers will find this thought-provoking book highly useful in their line of work and research.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company; 1 edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814508942
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814508940
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, this is not a book for the casual reader. It is demanding and expects the reader to have some background in philosophy, ethics and medicine. That said, it is accessible to anyone willing to put forth the effort.

For those with the necessary prerequisites Bunge offers an excellent and timely exploration of medical ethics. This volume deserves a place in every medical professional's library.
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Very enlighting. One o ley point: he mixes critics to religion from the scientific side. There are things different.
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The book seems a moderately good account of the matter, and one of a few in the field. It strongly defends scientific attitude towards medicine. It is easy and sometimes funny read. However, Bunge is extremely tendentious in boosting those phylosophical positions he support and disparaging those he do not. For me, one especially outrageous thing about the book is its treatment of Popper epistemology. Anyone who is well acquainted with the latter will see that Bunge's epistemology is at least 90% Popperian. However, Bunge never mentions the fact. Worse than that, he now and again crudely misrepresents Popper's views and criticizes this travesty of Popper.
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Just a must.
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