Quo Vadis Medical Healing: Past Concepts and New Approaches / Edition 1

Quo Vadis Medical Healing: Past Concepts and New Approaches / Edition 1

by S. Elm
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402089414

ISBN-13: 9781402089411

Pub. Date: 12/18/2008

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Medical healing implies knowledge of the assumptions that underlie our understanding of "health," and, concomitantly, how we define well being and its opposites, illness and disease. Today, health, health care (business, wellness, recreation), and medicine (especially research-driven scientific medicine) have become separate entities with different institutions,

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Medical healing implies knowledge of the assumptions that underlie our understanding of "health," and, concomitantly, how we define well being and its opposites, illness and disease. Today, health, health care (business, wellness, recreation), and medicine (especially research-driven scientific medicine) have become separate entities with different institutions, budgets, marketing philosophies and "corporate cultures". Furthermore, healing is individual and subjective, yet at the same time also culturally determined. The present volume brings together papers on these topics in an unique interdisciplinary approach. The book provides an ethical framework for healthcare from a political perspective. It discusses definitions of the terminology of healing and health and their ethical and medical implications including their historical contexts. A separate section expands the theme of the cultural constructedness of healing by the concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Modern medicine has a strong focus on acute care, which urgently needs to place greater emphasis on preventive medicine including the crucial importance of social factors on health and on the emergence of "public health". The point of view of Business Concepts, their potential and limitations are by no means neglected and the legal ramifications of genetic research and innovative medical strategies with regard to some of our most foundational notions are discussed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402089411
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/18/2008
Series:
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine Series, #44
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Preface Susanna Elm and Stefan N. Willich

1. Philosophical and Ethical Foundations

How Political is the Future of Healthcare? The Example of Allocating Scarce Resources in Liberal Democracy Annette Schulz-Baldes

The Concept of Disease and Medical Action – A Reciprocal Relationship and its Relevance for Modern Medicine Thomas Heinemann

2. Concepts of Healing in History

Medicine between Natural Philosophy and Physician’s Practice: A Debate Around 400 BC Oliver Primavesi

Roman Pain and the Rise of Christianity Susanna Elm

A Perfect Healing for All Our Wounds: Religion and Medicine in Judaism John Efron

3. Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy

How Chinese is "Chinese Medicine"? Paul U. Unschuld

Medicus curat, natura sanat in Homeopathy Claudia Witt

4. Acute Health Care and Social Medicine

Healing in Acute Medical Therapy: Opportunities and Limitations Stefan N. Willich

The Historical Development of Social Medicine as a Responsibility of the Physician Dieter Koch-Weser

5. Business Concepts

Unmet Medical Needs and the Role of Pharmaceutical Companies Wolfgang Meyer-Sabellek

A Revolution in Research and Development – The Impact of Biotechnology Herbert Schuster

6. New Approaches in Medicine and Their Constitutional Ramification

Healing by Gene Therapy – Hype or Hope? Martin Paul

Biotechnology and the Guarantee of Human Dignity Martin Nettesheim

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