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Podcast Profile: Philosophers on Medicine

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17 episodes
2019 to 2021
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Categories: Interview-Style • Science and Technology

Podcaster's summary: For the deepest problems in healthcare, philosophy is the best medicine. In this podcast series, Jonathan Fuller, MD, PhD (University of Toronto) speaks to philosophers about their work on medicine and healthcare. You will hear from philosophers on the meaning and reality of disease, on their skeptical worries about evidence-based medicine, on current movements and controversies that shake medicine to its philosophical foundations. Visit our website at

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 17. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Philosophy of Medicine on COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and policymakers have responded with unprecedented solutions. The pandemic has also forced a rethinking of science, public health and their relationship to the public. How can philosophy of medicine help us respond to the fundamentally philosophical problems that this rethinking involves? | | In May of 2021, I hosted a panel discussion with experts in health science, public health and philosophy titled Philosophy of Medicine on COVID-19. We talked about normal scien...
Sean Valles - Race in epidemiology and medicine
with Sean Valles
Jacob Stegenga - Medical Nihilism
with Jacob Stegenga
Miriam Solomon - Expert consensus in medicine
with Miriam Solomon
Alex Broadbent - The causes of disease
with Alex Broadbent
Evidence-based medicine
Evidence-based medicine or EBM was introduced in the early 1990s as a move to increase medicine’s uptake of published scientific evidence, especially evidence from clinical epidemiology. It is now the standard, such that its underlying philosophical ideas have become invisible to many. However, since its launch, evidence-based medicine has had its critics, including healthcare professionals and philosophers. Philosophers began to ask questions: what is ‘evidence’ according to evidence-based medicine? What j...
Mental disorders and the DSM
Mental disorders cause suffering for many and pose challenges for the psychiatric profession. Throughout history, the way that society and psychiatry have thought about mental disorders has changed greatly. One area of great difficulty and great change has been psychiatric classification – how psychiatry carves up the realm of mental illness into diagnostic categories. During the second half of the Twentieth Century, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM, became the bible of psy...
Marc Ereshefsky - Primer on health and disease
with Marc Ereshefsky
Clinical Judgment
The mastery of clinical judgment is what separates the expert clinician from the novice. Yet clinical judgment remains somewhat obscure. Is it a tacit knowledge? Or one that can be formulated according to explicit rules? Is it a science? Or a virtue? Has it been replaced or its importance reduced by evidence-based medicine? Or will it soon be taken over from clinicians by intelligent machines? And what is clinical judgment, anyway? | | In today's consultation, I sit down with four guests ahead of a clinic...
Matthew Parrott - Delusions
with Matthew Parrott
Elselijn Kingma - Metaphysics of pregnancy
with Elselijn Kingma
Mary Walker - Overdiagnosis and the definition of disease
with Mary Walker
Jeremy Simon - Are diseases real?
with guest Jeremy Simon
Maya Goldenberg - Vaccine hesitancy and public trust in healthcare
with guest Maya Goldenberg
Miriam Solomon - Pick your medicine: evidence-based, narrative, or precision?
with guest Miriam Solomon
Philosophers on Medicine - A New Frontier
with guest host Dorian Deshauer
Alex Broadbent - What is medicine?
with guest Alex Broadbent