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Medical Philosophy: Conceptual Issues in Medicine Paperback – May 30, 2013
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-- 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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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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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.