The Ethics of Diagnosis

  • José Luis Peset
  • Diego Gracia

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Definitions of Health and Illness in the Light of American Values and Social Structure

    1. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 1-10
  3. Historical Perspectives

  4. Anthropological Interpretations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. José Alberto Mainetti
      Pages 79-93
    3. Thomas J. Bole III
      Pages 123-127
  5. The Socio-Cultural Dimension of Medical Knowledge

  6. Computer Augmented Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Kenneth F. Schaffner
      Pages 197-241
    3. Henrik R. Wulff
      Pages 243-254
    4. Edmond A. Murphy
      Pages 255-267
    5. Eugene V. Boisaubin
      Pages 269-272
  7. The Ethics of Diagnosis in the Post-Modern World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-312

About this book


A major focus of the philosophy of medicine and, in general, of the philosophy of science has been the interplay of facts and values. Nowhere is an evaluation of this interplay more important than in the ethics of diagnosis. Traditionally, diagnosis has been understood as an epistemological activity which is concerned with facts and excludes the intrusion of values. The essays in this volume challenge this assumption. Questions of knowledge in diagnosis are intimately related to the concerns with intervention that characterize the applied science of medicine. Broad social and individual goals, as well as diverse ethical frameworks, are shown to condition both the processes and results of diagnosis. This has significant implications for bioethics, implications that have not previously been developed. With this volume, `the ethics of diagnosis' is established as an important branch of bioethics.


Ethics of Diagnosis bioethics diagnosis ethics morality

Editors and affiliations

  • José Luis Peset
    • 1
  • Diego Gracia
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Arnau de Vilanova Condejo Superior de Investigaciones CientificasMadrid
  2. 2.Complutensis University of MadridMadrid

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