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The Philosophy of Disease

Authors: Smart, Benjamin

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About this book

Disease is everywhere. Everyone experiences disease, everyone knows somebody who is, or has been diseased, and disease-related stories hit the headlines on a regular basis. Many important issues in the philosophy of disease, however, have received remarkably little attention from philosophical thinkers.


This book examines a number of important debates in the philosophy of medicine, including 'what is disease?', and the roles and viability of concepts of causation, in clinical medicine and epidemiology. Where much of the existing literature targets conceptual analyses of health and disease, this book provides the reader with an insight into these debates, and develops plausible alternative accounts. The author explores a range of related subjects, discussing a host of interesting philosophical questions within clinical medicine, pathology and epidemiology. In the second part of the book, the author examines the concepts of causation employed by clinicians and pathologists, how one should classify diseases, and whether the epidemiologist's models for inferring the causes of disease are all they're cracked up to be.

About the authors

Benjamin Smart was awarded his PhD by the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2012, before lecturing for two years at the University of Birmingham, UK. He joined the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014 as a Senior Research Associate, where he now works as a Senior Lecturer.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smart, Benjamin

    Pages 1-3

  • The Concept of Disease in Clinical Medicine

    Smart, Benjamin

    Pages 5-21

  • What is a Pathological Condition?

    Smart, Benjamin

    Pages 22-42

  • Concepts of Causation in the Philosophy of Disease

    Smart, Benjamin

    Pages 44-69

  • Population Health and Causal Inference

    Smart, Benjamin

    Pages 70-89

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eBook £35.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55292-1
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Hardcover £45.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £37.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-71621-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophy of Disease
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55292-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137552921
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55291-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-71621-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 100
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