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Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 31 (5):333-346 (2010)
The ontology of medicine—the question of whether disease entities are real or not—is an underdeveloped area of philosophical inquiry. This essay explains the primary question at issue in medical ontology, discusses why answering this question is important from both a philosophical and a practical perspective, and argues that the problem of medical ontology is unique, i.e., distinct, from the ontological problems raised by other sciences and therefore requires its own analysis
Keywords Diseases  Metaphysics  Ontology  Philosophy of medicine  Conditions  Realism  Anti-realism
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DOI 10.1007/s11017-010-9153-x
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