David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (1):20-39 (2001)
The biomedical sciences employ race as a descriptive and analytic category. They use race to describe differences in rates of morbidity and mortality and to explain variations in drug sensitivity and metabolism. But there are problems with the use of race in medicine. This article identifies a number of the problems and assesses some solutions. The first three sections consider how race is defined and whether the racial data used in biomedical research are reliable and valid. The next three sections explain why racial variation in disease, including genetic disease, is not evidence that race is biological. The final section explains how a proper understanding of the role of race in medicine bears on public policy.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Andrew Smart, Paul Martin & Michael Parker (2004). Tailored Medicine: Whom Will It Fit? The Ethics of Patient and Disease Stratification. Bioethics 18 (4):322–343.
Joan McGregor (2010). Racial, Ethnic, and Tribal Classifications in Biomedical Research With Biological and Group Harm. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (9):23-24.
Mariam O. Fofana (2013). The Spectre of Race in American Medicine. Medical Humanities 39 (2):137-141.
Similar books and articles
Ron Mallon & Daniel Kelly (2012). Making Race Out of Nothing : Psychologically Constrained Social Roles. In Harold Kincaid (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Oxford University Press.
Ron Sundstrom (2002). Race as a Human Kind. Philosophy and Social Criticism 28 (1):91-115.
Michael Root (2009). Measurement Error in Racial and Ethnic Statistics. Biology and Philosophy 24 (3):375-385.
Joshua Glasgow (2008). On the Methodology of the Race Debate: Conceptual Analysis and Racial Discourse. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (2):333–358.
Quayshawn Spencer (2012). What 'Biological Racial Realism' Should Mean. Philosophical Studies 159 (2):181-204.
Ron Mallon (2004). Passing, Traveling and Reality: Social Constructionism and the Metaphysics of Race. Noûs 38 (4):644–673.
Jennifer Faust (2008). The Ethics of Scientific Research Utilizing Race as a Variable. Social Philosophy Today 24:107-120.
Michael Root (2003). The Use of Race in Medicine as a Proxy for Genetic Differences. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1173-1183.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads43 ( #46,251 of 1,410,035 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #28,515 of 1,410,035 )
How can I increase my downloads?