The philosophy of modern medicine - is the scientific method as a whole. But it is not a specific philosophy of medicine as one might expect.
"It is easy to hate, and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, while bad things are straightforward."
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher. By Simran Khurana (Updated March 18, 2017)
Medicine has extensive professional literature, documentation of history, many methods, treatment protocols, and advanced technologies, but these are not a philosophy, but at best, just a tactic.
In the absence of a philosophy of medicine - medicine has no compass. If you do not know what you are looking for, you will never find it!
Is there a unified philosophy of modern medical science today? Surprisingly, the answer is "No."
I brought below some quotations to reinforce my arguments.
- Philosophy of medicine. Link: Philosophy of medicine. (Wikipedia)
- The philosophy of medicine is a branch of philosophy that includes epistemology, ontology/metaphysics, and medical ethics.
- Does the philosophy of medicine exist? The answer is No. (According to expectations of such a philosophy.)
- Link: Does the philosophy of medicine exist? (Theoretical medicine)
Is there a need for a unified philosophy of medical science? The answer is definitely "yes."
The medical field in the 21 century is a war zone dictated by modern lifestyle. Would the human race allow itself to enter a tough war without a strategy? I guess not!
- The confusion between symptoms, causes, and catalysts, which leads to fighting the symptoms, is, in my opinion, part of this trend, " medical philosophy is a field for philosophers."
- Symptomatic treatments cannot cure the patient, as they do not eliminate the causes of the disease.
- Advanced biochemistry and other technological instruments do not reveal all the secrets of the body, mind & spirit.
- The internal distinction between alternative medicine and functional medicine requires deeper philosophical thinking.
- To know the correct answers, we must understand what we are searching for.
- Medical philosophy should be above the biochemistry involved.
Continue reading: Why do we need a unified philosophy of medicine?
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