Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Core Concepts in Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Schramme
      Pages 3-15
    3. Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 29-43
    4. Jerome C. Wakefield
      Pages 65-82
    5. Dorota Szawarska
      Pages 83-92
    6. Derek Sellman
      Pages 109-120
    7. Thomas Schramme
      Pages 121-128
    8. Bjørn Hofmann
      Pages 129-145
    9. Steven Edwards
      Pages 147-158
    10. Stephen Holland
      Pages 189-205
    11. Steven Edwards
      Pages 207-222
  3. Organisms

  4. Patients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. Simon Woods
      Pages 411-427
    3. Andrew Edgar, Lennart Nordenfelt
      Pages 441-462
    4. John Paley
      Pages 503-527
    5. James Stacey Taylor
      Pages 529-538
    6. Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Sarah Wright, Marcus Doel, Melanie Storey, Clare Clement, Frances Rapport
      Pages 539-556
    7. KWM Fulford, Tim Thornton
      Pages 557-576
    8. Jeanette Hewitt
      Pages 597-617
    9. Martin Langanke, Wenke Liedtke, Alena Buyx
      Pages 619-640
  5. Clinical Settings and Healthcare Personnel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 641-641
    2. William E. Stempsey
      Pages 643-659
    3. Andrew Edgar
      Pages 677-697
    4. Pekka Louhiala, Raimo Puustinen
      Pages 717-728
    5. Christian Lenk
      Pages 729-740
    6. Silvia Camporesi, Mike McNamee
      Pages 741-755

About this book


This is the first wide-ranging, multi-authored handbook in the field of philosophy of medicine, covering the underlying conceptual issues of many important social, political and ethical issues in health care. It introduces and develops over 70 topics, concepts, and issues in the field. It is written by distinguished specialists from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, health sciences, nursing, sociology, political theory, and medicine. Many difficult social and ethical issues in health care are based on conceptual problems, most prominently on the definitions of health and disease, or on epistemological issues regarding causality or diagnosis. Philosophy is the discipline that deals with such conceptual, metaphysical, epistemological, methodological, and axiological matters. This handbook covers all the central concepts in medicine, such as ageing, death, disease, mental disorder, and well-being. It is an invaluable source for laypeople, academics with an interest in medicine, and health care specialists who want be informed and up to date with the relevant discussions. The text also advances these debates and will set the agenda for years to come.


Bioethics Disease Health Medicine Philosophy basic aspects of health care concepts in health care concepts in medicine foundations of medicine ideas in medicine medical terminology notions in health care philosophical aspects of health care philosophical issues in medicine philosophy and medicine philosophy of medicine theoretical issues in health care theories of medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Schramme
    • 1
  • Steven Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Philosophy, History and LawSwansea UniversitySwanseaUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8687-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8688-1
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