The crisis of medicine: philosophy and the social construction of medicine

Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2001 Mar;11(1):71-86. doi: 10.1353/ken.2001.0008.


During the past decade there has been a debate about the field of philosophy of medicine. The debate has focused on fundamental questions about whether the field exists and the nature of the field. This article explores the debate and argues that it has paid insufficient attention to the social dimensions of both philosophy and medicine. The article goes on to argue that by exploring this debate one can better understand some of the difficult questions facing contemporary medicine and health care.

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics*
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Goals
  • Medicine
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Philosophy*
  • Philosophy, Medical*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Sociology, Medical