Medicine raises numerous philosophical issues. This volume approaches the philosophy of medicine from the broad naturalist perspective. This holds that philosophy must be continuous with, constrained by, and relevant to empirical results of the natural and social sciences. The upshot is a unique volume that ties medicine to contemporary issues in philosophy of science and metaphysics.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
1. Introduction; H. Kincaid & J. McKitrick.
2. Normality, Disease and Enhancement; T. Benditt.
3. Holistic Theories of Health as Applied to Non-human Living Beings; L. Nordenfelt.
4: The Spread of Disease: How to Understand and Resolve a Dispute About the Reality of Disease; R. D’Amico.
5. Decision and Discovery in Defining Disease; P. Schwartz.
6. Race and Scientific Reduction; M. Risjord.
7. Towards an Adequate Account of Genetic Disease; K. Smith.
8: Why Disease Persist: An Evolutionary Nosology; R. Perlman.
9. Creating Mental Illness in Nondisordered Community Populations; A. Horwitz.
10. Gender Identity Disorder; J. McKitrick.
11. Clinical Trails as Nomological Machines: Implications for Evidence Based Medicine; R. Bluhm.
12. The Social Epistemology of NIH Consensus Conferences; M. Solomon.
13. Maternal Agency and the Immunological Paradox of Pregnancy; M. Howes.
14. Violence and Public Health; J. Kaplan.
15. Take Equipoise Seriously: The Failure of Clinical Equipoise or Community Equipoise to Resolve the Ethical Dilemmas in Randomized Clinical Trials; F. Gifford.