A pathological view of disease

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 21 (4):321-330 (2000)
Abstract
This paper is a response to Christopher Boorse's recent defense of hisBiostatistical Theory (BST) of health and disease. Boorse maintains that hisconcept of theoretical health and disease reflects the ``consideredusage of pathologists.'' I argue that pathologists do not use ``disease'' inthe purely theoretical way that is required by the BST. Pathology does notdraw a sharp distinction between theoretical and practical aspects ofmedicine. Pathology does not even need a theoretical concept of disease. Itsfocus is not theoretical, but practical; pathology's goal is to contribute tothe healing of patients. Pathology, even experimental pathology, is notvalue-free. Not only ``disease'' but also such terms as ``nerve'' and ``organ''are laden with conceptual values.
Keywords disease  health  pathology  philosophy of medicine  values
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J. David Guerrero (2010). On a Naturalist Theory of Health: A Critique. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 41 (3):272-278.
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