Values and the Growth of Medical Knowledge

  • Uffe Juul Jensen
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 36)


Does the growth of medical knowledge lead to a gradual overcoming of our vulnerability and infirmity, or has ‘scientific’ medicine obtained resources for its own development and secured its own power and authority in modern society by spreading the myth that it could make us transcend human weakness and pave the way to human immortality? Advocates of modern medicine take the first approach. Critics, however, consider medicine as one of the most ideology-producing enterprises of modern society.


Medical Knowledge Modern Medicine Medical Thinking Modem Society Human Weakness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uffe Juul Jensen
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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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