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Making Medical Knowledge$
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Miriam Solomon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732617.001.0001

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Beyond the Art and Science of Medicine

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Making Medical Knowledge

Miriam Solomon

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces consensus conferences, evidence-based medicine, translational medicine and narrative medicine. It shows that each was introduced with claims about how transformative for medicine it would prove to be. It motivates the book by raising initial questions about each method that are not answered by the current literature. The traditional bifurcation between the art and the science of medicine is an obstacle to a fuller understanding of the methods. The tools of recent philosophy of science, integrated history and philosophy of science, science and technology studies and, most specifically, historical epistemology, guides the investigation. An outline of the contents, chapters, and conclusions is given.

Keywords:   consensus conference, evidence-based medicine, EBM, integrated history and philosophy of science, science and technology studies, historical epistemology, narrative medicine, translational medicine

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