Technology in medicine: Ontology, epistemology, ethics and social philosophy at the crossroads

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In reference to the different approaches in philosophy(of medicine) of the nature of (medical) technology,this article introduces the topic of this specialissue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, that is,the way the different forms of medical technologyfunction in everyday medical practice. The authorselaborate on the active role technology plays inshaping our views on disease, illness, and the body,whence in shaping our world.
Keywords Philosophy of technology  technology  medical practice  ontology  disease concept  normality  autonomy  risk and trust  health technology assessment
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