About the Author
Dr. David Låg Tomasi works in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he also serves in the Integrative Clinical Care, Research and Education Committees for the UVM Program in Integrative Health. He teaches at the University of Vermont, Community College of Vermont, VIC, at St. Michael’s College, and CVU Hinesburg.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
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Introduction, by William Tobey Horn
1. A brief history of Medical Philosophy
2. Philosophy as basic approach to Medicine
3. Between Neuroscience and Phenomenology
4. The patient at the center of therapy
5. Complementary, Alternative, Traditional Medicine
6. Beyond the realms of this world
7. Translational science
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the best books ever written on such a complex topic. In fact, there are many overlapping fields discussed here, spanning from neuroscience to philosophy, from medicine in the form of art to medicine in the form of science. And this is one of the strengths of the writing style of the author. The books is highly technical and specific when it comes to definitions of terms and analysis of biological processes or theoretical frameworks, but everything is explained in a very clear and accessible way, so that not only the experts in the realms of medical science and philosophy can relate to the content, but also students and beginners. Furthermore, the book also presents a very interesting perspective on the mind-body problem and the concept of 'central medicine,' between (actually, beyond) Western evidence-based medicine and Eastern, natural (CAM) healing practices. You don't want to miss this book!
Neuroscience Magazine: 10/10 - a Masterpiece!!! Science Today: Book of the year In this seminal work, David Låg Tomasi presented the most recent research in neuroscience medicine, psychiatry, and psychology with an incredible amount of information, data, and statistical analysis. The book is nevertheless a fun read even for non-experts, as it discusses in depth the mind-body problem with philosophical acumen and captivating insight. A must read!
THE best book on medical philosophy - truly one of the best books I ever read in science/philosophy. This work is just packed with information - a little warning: while the author's style could be a little intimidating at first (there's an impressive amount of footnotes, citations, quotes, and ... comments to previous comments in multiple languages, plus a ton of etymological stuff), the book reveals itself for what it truly is: a fundamental guide to the most interesting questions in the philosophy of science, particularly medical science. What I found extremely interesting -as well as very fun to read- is how the author's discusses the connection between evidence-based science and transcendental vs. spiritual systems of perception. I found this book clear, extremely well written, and intellectually stimulating. I recommend it 100%!
Praise for Medical Philosophy “In his book, Dr. Tomasi defines the diverse underpinnings of Medical Philosophy and elaborates on how these underpinnings inform the field's role in academics and society. A bold and visionary thinker, his analysis of diverse topics—such as patient self-perception, the mind-brain problem, the limitations of evidence-based medicine, the role of complementary and alternative medicine, and the impact of patients' faith and/or connection to a higher purpose on healing—demonstrates how Medical Philosophy can help to shape our understanding of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience.” William Tobey Horn, MD University of Vermont Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (From the Foreword) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Tomasi aims to explore the relationships between medicine and philosophy particularly with regards to neurosciences, psychiatry, and psychology, since these areas of medicine particularly address connections between mind and body. Tomasi provides a helpful table model of physician-patient relationships. […] Notable is the subheading, "experimental philosophy". Can medical philosophy be subjected to EBM? We shall see! […]Tomasi suggests that mathematical modeling is of value. He could not be more correct!” Friedrich Luft, MD Director of the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) of the Charité Medical Faculty, Berlin, and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin (From the Editor's note) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Viewing medicine in the perspective of patients, Dr. Tomasi succeeds to comprehend patients as integral human beings and not just as a particular case of a disease. Realizing a patient's uniqueness, and not considering him/her simply as an individual variation of a biomedical set of rules and social patterns, is an essential prerequisite for successful clinical practice. Addressing patients as humans engaged in looking for and constituting the sense of their life, while structuring their actions teleologically within the life world, is believed to impact immensely the process and outcomes of any treatment. Each patient is not just a living body and rational mind capable of judging about their health condition or perhaps of interacting with the attending physician; being a human, the patient is a source of undisclosed possibilities and unpredictable strength or disappointment.” Alexander Gungov, PhD Director of the M.A. and PhD. Program in Philosophy at the University of Sofia ‘St. Kliment Ohridski', and Professor of Logic and Continental Philosophy at the Department of Logic, Ethics, and Aesthetics. (From the Afterword) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “As 'teacher', one learns that it is not enough to "know the material." Without some fuller sense of those one is trying to teach, learning, if it happens at all, will be quite accidental. This, I think, is equally applicable to the practice of medicine. And it is precisely this sort of phenomenological and existential dimension that David Låg Tomasi calls for in this seminal work.” Louis M. Colasanti, MA Community College of Vermont, Educator and Writer ____________________________________________________________