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Medical Nihilism

Jacob Stegenga


This book defends medical nihilism, which is the view that we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions. If we consider the frequency of failed medical interventions, the extent of misleading evidence in medical research, the thin theoretical basis of many interventions, and the malleability of empirical methods in medicine, and if we employ our best inductive framework, then our confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions ought to be low. Part I articulates theoretical and conceptual groundwork, which offers a defense of a hybrid theory of diseas ... More

Keywords: medical research, medical nihilism, evidence, evidence-based medicine, disease, biases, philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198747048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Stegenga, author
University of Cambridge