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Introduction / Robyn Bluhm / 1. Case-Based (Casuistic) Decision-Making Mark Tonelli / 2. Evidence-Based Medicine versus Expertise: knowledge, skills and epistemic actions Sophie van Baalen and Mieke Boon / 3. Phenomenology, Typification, and Ideal Types in Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification Anthony Vincent Fernandez / 4. The Reproducibility of Epistemic Humility Abraham P. Schwab / 5. Reframing a Model - The Benefits and Challenges of Service User Involvement in Mental Health Research: Tania Gergel and Thomas Kabir / 6: The Role of Patient Perspectives in Clinical Case Reporting Rachel A. Ankeny / 7. "The Science is Clear!" Media Uptake of Health Research into Vaccine Hesitancy Maya J. Goldenberg and Christopher McCron / 8: Values as `Evidence For': Mental Illness, Medicine, and Policy Susan C. C. Hawthorne / 9. RCTs and EBM as Gold Standards: A Trojan Horse for Biomedicine? Keekok Lee / 10. The Legitimacy of preventive medical advice. Is knowing enough? Delphine Olivier / 11. Translational research and the gap(s) between science and practice: treating causes or symptoms? Marianne Boenink / 12. Enacting Adherence to HIV/AIDS Care: How Multiplicity in Medicine Becomes a Singular Story Suze Berkhout / 13. Ebola and the Rhetoric of Medicine: Supportive Care and Cure James Krueger / 14. Action, Practice and Reflection: Dewey's Pragmatist Philosophy and the Current Healthcare Simulation Movement Joseph S. Goode / Index

About the Author

Robyn Bluhm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. She is the co-editor of Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science (2012).

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The epistemology of medicine is a field of growing interest and importance. These 14 original essays explore the relationship between knowledge and action in medical practice, research, and policy. The collection identifies important challenges to the currently dominant paradigm, which holds up randomized clinical trials and evidence-based medicine as the gold standard for evaluating medical knowledge and practice. Essays examine such issues as the role that intuition and individual experience play in understanding and evaluating clinical reasoning, the proper role of humility in epistemic judgment, and how patients and the public understand and can contribute to medical knowledge. Although predominantly from the US, the contributors have a diverse range of national backgrounds (UK, Canada, France, Australia, Netherlands). Editor Bluhm (Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State Univ.) and most of the contributors are philosophers, but psychiatry, nursing, and medicine are also included. Clearly written and well presented, this volume makes a significant contribution to the field of medical epistemology.... [E]ach essay includes a valuable list of references for further research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. * CHOICE * "The hallmark of great academic work is that it makes difficult and important ideas accessible. Whether you're steeped in the debates about medical epistemology and ethics or coming to the subject anew, this collection has something to say to you. Authors explain, analyse and (crucially) advance current understandings of the problems facing medical practice: a refreshing, serious and significant contribution." -- Michael Loughlin, Professor of Applied Philosophy, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University Despite the variety of topics, several themes recur throughout the book that deserve attention and are of interest for bioethicists, as well as for many other health officers (doctors, nurses, administrators, policy makers). In fact, the book explores the historical and scientific bases of several hot topics in today's medicine . . . as well as a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on the art of medicine. This book . . . provides a conceptual framework for a modern approach to medicine as an art that is respectful of patient perspectives and values, as well as of the various tools of medicine. * Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics * "This outstanding collection demonstrates that some of the most fascinating and persistent philosophical problems arising in medicine are epistemic, rather than ethical. Topics range from how research studies are designed to how core medical concepts ought to be defined, and engage issues as wide-ranging as adherence in HIV/AIDS research, vaccine hesitancy, and the care of patients with Ebola." -- Kirstin Borgerson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University "The hallmark of great academic work is that it makes difficult and important ideas accessible. Whether you're steeped in the debates about medical epistemology and ethics or coming to the subject anew, this collection has something to say to you. Authors explain, analyse and (crucially) advance current understandings of the problems facing medical practice: a refreshing, serious and significant contribution." -- Michael Loughlin, Professor of Applied Philosophy, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University These essays on the epistemology of medicine are at the cutting edge of the field. They explore medical knowledge, broadly construed to include researcher, clinician, patient, and media perspectives. There are several examples of how evidence and values are intertwined in decision making. The collection is of interest to both medical and philosophical audiences. -- Miriam Solomon, Professor of Philosophy, Temple University This outstanding collection demonstrates that some of the most fascinating and persistent philosophical problems arising in medicine are epistemic, rather than ethical. Topics range from how research studies are designed to how core medical concepts ought to be defined, and engage issues as wide-ranging as adherence in HIV/AIDS research, vaccine hesitancy, and the care of patients with Ebola." -- Kirstin Borgerson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dalhousie University These essays on the epistemology of medicine are at the cutting edge of the field. They explore medical knowledge, broadly construed to include researcher, clinician, patient, and media perspectives. There are several examples of how evidence and values are intertwined in decision making. The collection is of interest to both medical and philosophical audiences. -- Miriam Solomon, Professor of Philosophy, Temple University

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