The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn
A Pellegrino Reader
472 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268038342 | March 2008
eBook (PDF) | 9780268089740 | March 2008
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268161477 | March 2008
Edmund D. Pellegrino has played a central role in shaping the fields of bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. His writings encompass original explorations of the healing relationship, the need to place humanism in the medical curriculum, the nature of the patient’s good, and the importance of a virtue-based normative ethics for health care. In this anthology, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., and Fabrice Jotterand have created a rich presentation of Pellegrino’s thought and its development. Pellegrino’s work has been dedicated to showing that bioethics must be understood in the context of medical humanities, and that medical humanities, in turn, must be understood in the context of the philosophy of medicine. Arguing that bioethics should not be restricted to topics such as abortion, third-party-assisted reproduction, physician-assisted suicide, or cloning, Pellegrino has instead stressed that such issues are shaped by foundational views regarding the nature of the physician-patient relationship and the goals of medicine, which are the proper focus of the philosophy of medicine.
Edmund D. Pellegrino (1920–2013) was professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics and adjunct professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. Fabrice Jotterand is associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. (1941–2018) was professor of philosophy at Rice University and professor emeritus of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., is professor of philosophy at Rice University and professor emeritus of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Fabrice Jotterand is associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“After a long period of dormancy, the philosophy of medicine has blossomed with new life. The single most important physician-philosopher in that rebirth has been Edmund Pellegrino. His contributions to virtue theory, the concept of beneficence, the dispute over the internal and external sources of a morality for medicine, and the role of the Hippocratic tradition are all critical. The essays collected in this volume have changed the history of the philosophy of medicine.” ~Robert M. Veatch, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University