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The Philosophy and Practice of Medicine and Bioethics

A Naturalistic-Humanistic Approach

  • Barbara Maier
  • Warren A. Shibles

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 1-14
  3. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 15-22
  4. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 23-44
  5. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 45-64
  6. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 65-110
  7. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 111-135
  8. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 137-159
  9. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 161-200
  10. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 201-226
  11. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 227-243
  12. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 245-279
  13. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 281-298
  14. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 299-315
  15. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 317-333
  16. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 335-354
  17. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 355-382
  18. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 427-451
  19. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 487-495
  20. Barbara Maier, Warren A. Shibles†
    Pages 497-535
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 537-543

About this book

Introduction

This book explores currently unchallenged methods in medicine, such as “evidence-based medicine”, from the perspectives of humanism and philosophy of medicine. The book discusses issues of medical treatment and moral approaches and indicates the strongest arguments. These arguments are subsequently subjected to critical analysis. The book includes new ways of thinking and explains, uses and exemplifies the “metaphorical method”. The book argues that decision-making in medicine is inadequate unless grounded on a philosophy of medicine. As part of its argumentation, the book explores the insights offered by practical and humanistic philosophy and by creative and critical thinkers who are working on topics relevant to medicine. From this, a new and necessary definition of philosophy of life emerges: a good lifestyle no longer simply means getting physical exercise and abstaining from cigarettes and alcohol; it also means living a holistic life including all of one’s thinking, personality and actions.

Keywords

Biotheology Critical Analysis of Medical Practice Decision Making in Medicine End-of-life Decision Enlightenment Management Ethics/Morals Evidence–based Medicine Health Care Hollistic Life Humanistic Philosophy Life-style Medicotheology Metaphorical Method Normative Management Organ Donation Patient Responsibility Philosophy of Medicine Pragmatism Prevention Stem Cell Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara Maier
    • 1
  • Warren A. Shibles
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. Gynecology and ObstreticsParacelsus Medical UniversitySalzburgAustria
  2. 2.WhitewaterUSA

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