A discussion of concepts of disease
through time, from the Book of Job to this year's The
Globe & Mail. Students read texts written by philosophers
and physicians to discover the theoretical underpinnings of the
construction of medical knowledge.
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- To understand the concept of a theory.
- To understand the philosophical underpinnings of medical
- To understand how the business of medical epistemology
is the construction of disease.
- To understand how diseases are/have been constructed socially,
empirically, and theoretically.
- To understand and be able to use the theories of disease
as analytical tools.
- To understand how and why changes occur in dominant theories
- To understand the historical context of health care in
the late twentieth century.
- To become familiar with some works of major writers in
philosophy and medicine.