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Reframing Disease Contextually : Philosophy and Medicine - Mary Ann Gardell Cutter

Reframing Disease Contextually

Philosophy and Medicine

Hardcover Published: 31st December 2003
ISBN: 9781402017964
Number Of Pages: 195

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Reframing Disease Contextually will be of particular interest to philosophers of medicine, bioethicists, and philosophers. It may also be of value to medical professionals, historians of western medicine, and health policy makers who take interest in the conceptual foundations of medicine.

This book:
- provides an overview of key debates in the history of modern western medicine on the nature, knowledge, and value of disease;
- illustrates how these debates relate;
- provides a "contextual" or "localized" way of understanding disease;
- includes case studies of e.g. AIDS, genetic disease, and gendered disease;
- conveys the importance of the intersection and interrelation between and among factors that make up disease;
- illustrates how bioethical discussions about disease naming, classification, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are part of a much greater discussion in philosophy of medicine.

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"Mary Ann Cutter's 'Reframing Disease Contextually' draws together a number of themes in philosophy of medicine in order to make the case that disease should be understood contextually and locally. ... Overall, this book makes an important case for viewing disease as 'contextual' ... the examples of contextualism analyzed by Cutter are a useful and powerful way of making this point. ... All in All, this book is well worth reading." (Robyn Bluhm, Metapsychology Online Reviews, July, 2006)

Why Study Disease?
Four Philosophical Debates
Occasion for Inquiry
Program for Investigation
Chapter Endnotes
The Development of Disease: The Case of AIDS
Explaining AIDS
Knowing and Treating in Clinical Medicine
Negotiating the Ways of Clinical Explanation
Chapter Endnotes
The Nature of Disease
What is Disease? A Debate
imited Realism: Disease as Relation
Chapter Endnotes
Knowing Disease
How do We Know Disease? A Debate
Representative Realism: Explaining Disease
On the Clinical Method
Chapter Endnotes
Knowing and Treating Disease
Manipulating Disease: A Debate
Clinical Recipes: Clinical Models as Treatment Warrants
Interplay between Knowing and Treating Disease
Toward a Practical Epistemology
Chapter Endnotes
The Role of Values in a Disease
Whether Values Play a Role: A Debate
Nature of Values: A Further Debate
A Limited Stipulative Approach
Facts and Values
Chapter Endnotes
A Geography of Values in Disease
Kinds of Values
Chapter Endnotes
The Context of Disease
Contextualism and Disease
Why Contextualism is Not Relativism
A Central Role for Negotiation
Disease, Uncertainty and Mystery
Localizing Disease
Chapter Endnotes
Concepts of Genetic Disease
What We Know
Toward an Understanding of Genetic Disease
Bioethical Challenges
Negotiating Diverse Values in a Pluralist Society
Chapter Endnotes
Concepts of Gendered Disease
The Medicalization of Women's Place: Some Notes from History
Rise of the U.S. Women's Health Movement
Gender Matters
Gendering Disease
Chapter Endnotes
Putting it All Together Again
Implications for Medicine
The Need for Philosophy of Medicine
The Need for Analyses of Disease
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ISBN: 9781402017964
ISBN-10: 1402017960
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 0.74
Weight (kg): 0.48

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