Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine

  • S. Kay Toombs

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 68)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Phenomenology and Medicine

    1. S. Kay Toombs
      Pages 1-26
  3. Phenomenology and Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Patrick A. Heelan
      Pages 47-66
    3. Frances Chaput Waksler
      Pages 67-86
    4. Fredrik Svenaeus
      Pages 87-108
    5. Richard M. Zaner
      Pages 127-144
  4. The Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Maureen Connolly
      Pages 177-196
    3. Bruce Wilshire
      Pages 215-225
  5. Lived Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Arthur W. Frank
      Pages 229-245
    3. Jo Ann Walton
      Pages 279-293
  6. Clinical Practice

  7. Medical Ethics

  8. Research

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 493-502

About this book


As the fields of philosophy of medicine and bioethics have developed in the United States, the philosophical perspective of phenomenology has been largely ignored. Yet, the central conviction that informs this volume is that phenomenology provides extraordinary insights into many of the issues that are directly addressed within the world of medicine. Such issues include: the nature of medicine itself; the distinction between immediate experience and scientific conceptualization; the nature of the body - and the implications of embodiment in the realm of clinical practice; the meaning of health, illness and disease; the problem of intersubjectivity - particularly with respect to achieving successful communication with another; the complexity of decision-making in the clinical context (and in the realm of medical ethics); the possibility of empathic understanding; the theory and method of clinical practice; and the essential characteristics of the therapeutic relationship - i.e. the relationship between the sick person and the one who professes to help. Some of the authors who have contributed to this volume are philosophers, some are engaged in other academic disciplines, and several are practicing healthcare professionals.


Edmund Husserl Emmanuel Lévinas Maurice Merleau-Ponty autonomy bioethics body communication complexity concept ethics evolution health medical ethics phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Kay Toombs
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0200-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0536-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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