Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics

A Twenty-Year Retrospective and Critical Appraisal

  • Ronald A. Carson
  • Chester R. Burns

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. History and Theory

  3. Practice and Theory

  4. Policy

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-341

About this book


Papers presented at a symposium on philosophy and medicine at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1974 were published in the inaugural volume of this series. To help celebrate more than 20 years of extraordinary success with the series, another symposium was convened in Galveston in 1995. The convenors asked the participants these questions: In what ways and to what ends have academic humanists and medical scientists and practitioners become serious conversation partners in recent years? How have their dialogues been shaped by prevailing social views, political philosophies, academic habits, professional mores, and public pressures? What have been the key concepts and questions of these dialogues? Have the dialogues made any appreciable intellectual or social difference? Have they improved the care of the sick? Authors respond from a variety of theoretical perspectives in the humanities. They also articulate conceptions of philosophy of medicine and bioethics from various practice experiences, and bring critical attention to aspects of the contemporary health policy.


Ethics Ethics of medicine Medical Ethics bioethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald A. Carson
    • 1
  • Chester R. Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the Medical HumanitiesUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-3545-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48133-8
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