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  1. Wim Dekkers (2011). Dwelling, House and Home: Towards a Home-Led Perspective on Dementia Care. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 14 (3):291-300.
    “Home” is well known from everyday experience, plays a crucial role in all kinds of narratives about human life, but is hardly ever systematically dealt with in the philosophy of medicine and health care. The notion of home is ambiguous, is often used in a metaphorical way, and is closely related to concepts such as house and dwelling. In this paper the phenomenon of home is explored by means of some phenomenological writings of Heidegger, Bollnow, Bachelard and Levinas. Common in (...)
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  2. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2010). Conceptual Analysis and Empirical Research in Medical Philosophy and Medical Ethics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 13 (1):1-2.
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  3. Wim Dekkers (2009). On the Notion of Home and the Goals of Palliative Care. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (5):335-349.
    The notion of home is well known from our everyday experience, and plays a crucial role in all kinds of narratives about human life, but is hardly ever systematically dealt with in the philosophy of medicine and health care. This paper is based upon the intuitively positive connotation of the term “home.” By metaphorically describing the goal of palliative care as “the patient’s coming home,” it wants to contribute to a medical humanities approach of medicine. It is argued that this (...)
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  4. Wim Dekkers (2009). Routine (Non-Religious) Neonatal Circumcision and Bodily Integrity: A Transatlantic Dialogue. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 19 (2):pp. 125-146.
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  5. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2009). From Notions of Health to Causality. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (3):231-233.
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  6. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2009). Moral Agents in Medical Research and Practice. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (1):1-2.
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  7. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2009). Ethics and Regulation. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (4):371-372.
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  8. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2009). Human Nature, Medicine & Health Care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (2):119-119.
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  9. Tomasz Brzostek, Wim Dekkers, Zbigniew Zalewski, Anna Januszewska & Maciej Górkiewicz (2008). Perception of Palliative Care and Euthanasia Among Recently Graduated and Experienced Nurses. Nursing Ethics 15 (6):761-776.
    Palliative care and euthanasia have become the subject of ethical and political debate in Poland. However, the voice of nurses is rarely heard. The aim of this study is to explore the perception of palliative care and euthanasia among recent university bachelor degree graduates and experienced nurses in Poland. Specific objectives include: self-assessment of the understanding of these terms, recognition of clinical cases, potential acceptability of euthanasia, and an evaluation of attitudes towards palliative care and euthanasia. This is an exploratory (...)
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  10. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2008). The Broader Context of Medical Ethics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (3):253-254.
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  11. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2008). Ethical Expertise Revisited. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (2):125-126.
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  12. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2008). From Clinical Ethics to Phenomenology. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (1):1-1.
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  13. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2008). Sociology and Bioethics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (4):375-375.
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  14. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2007). Medical Humanities and Philosophy of Medicine. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (4):357-358.
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  15. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2007). Practical Wisdom in Medicine and Health Care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (3):231-232.
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  16. Wim Dekkers & Marcel Olde Rikkert (2007). Memory Enhancing Drugs and Alzheimer's Disease: Enhancing the Self or Preventing the Loss of It? [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (2):141-151.
    In this paper we analyse some ethical and philosophical questions related to the development of memory enhancing drugs (MEDs) and anti-dementia drugs. The world of memory enhancement is coloured by utopian thinking and by the desire for quicker, sharper, and more reliable memories. Dementia is characterized by decline, fragility, vulnerability, a loss of the most important cognitive functions and even a loss of self. While MEDs are being developed for self-improvement, in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) the self is being lost. Despite (...)
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  17. Olthuis Gert, Carlo Leget & Wim Dekkers (2007). Why Hospice Nurses Need High Self-Esteem. Nursing Ethics 14 (1):62-71.
     
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  18. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2007). Technology and the Self. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 10 (2):113-114.
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  19. Gert Olthuis, Carlo Leget & Wim Dekkers (2007). Why Hospice Nurses Need High Self-Esteem. Nursing Ethics 14 (1):62-71.
    This article discusses the relationship between personal and professional qualities in hospice nurses. We examine the notion of self-esteem in personal and professional identity. The focus is on two questions: (1) what is self-esteem, and how is it related to personal identity and its moral dimension? and (2) how do self-esteem and personal identity relate to the professional identity of nurses? We demonstrate it is important that the moral and personal goals in nurses' life coincide. If nurses' personal view of (...)
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  20. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2006). Quality of Life and Genetics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 9 (2):139-140.
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  21. Wim Dekkers & Marcel Olde Rikkert (2006). What is a Genetic Cause? The Example of Alzheimer's Disease. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 9 (3):273-284.
    This paper focuses on the causation of diseases, particularly on the idea of a “genetic cause” taking Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) as an example. We (1) provide some historical information and a synopsis of the current knowledge on the etiology and pathogenesis of AD, (2) analyse some conceptual problems related to the notion of “genetic disease” (3) elaborate on the alleged (genetic) cause of AD, and (4) place the discussion on the cause of AD in a broader philosophical context, paying attention (...)
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  22. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2006). Genetics and its Impact on Society, Healthcare and Medicine. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 9 (1):1-2.
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  23. Gert Olthuis, Wim Dekkers, Carlo Leget & Paul Vogelaar (2006). The Caring Relationship in Hospice Care: An Analysis Based on the Ethics of the Caring Conversation. Nursing Ethics 13 (1):29-40.
    Good nursing is more than exercising a specific set of skills. It involves the personal identity of the nurse. The aim of this article is to answer two questions: (1) what kind of person should the hospice nurse be? and (2) how should the hospice nurse engage in caring conversations? To answer these questions we analyse a nurse’s story that is intended to be a profile of an exemplary hospice nurse. This story was constructed from an analysis of five semistructured (...)
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  24. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2005). The Attentive Reader of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy Will Have Noticed That the Cover of the Journal is Different From Earlier Issues. From the Eighth Volume on the Editorial Team of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy has Changed. The Reason. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 8:1.
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  25. Wim Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (2005). The Proper Role of Bioethics. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 8 (3):271-272.
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  26. Wim Dekkers, Cor Hoffer & Jean-Pierre Wils (2005). Bodily Integrity and Male and Female Circumcision. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 8 (2):179-191.
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  27. Wim Dekkers, Inez Uerz & Jean-Pierre Wils (2005). Living Well with End Stage Renal Disease: Patients' Narratives Interpreted From a Virtue Perspective. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (5):485 - 506.
    Over the last few decades there has been a revival of interest in virtue ethics, with the emphasis on the virtuous caregiver. This paper deals with the ‘virtuous patient’, specifically the patient with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). We believe that a virtue approach provides insights not available to current methods of studying coping styles and coping strategies. Data are derived from seven semi-structured in-depth interviews. The transcripts of the interviews were subjected to an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The focus (...)
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  28. Bert Gordijn & Wim Dekkers (2005). Autonomy, Integrity and the Human Body. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 8 (2):145-146.
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  29. Gert Olthuis & Wim Dekkers (2005). Quality of Life Considered as Well-Being: Views From Philosophy and Palliative Care Practice. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 26 (4):307-337.
    The main measure of quality of life is well-being. The aim of this article is to compare insights about well-being from contemporary philosophy with the practice-related opinions of palliative care professionals. In the first part of the paper two philosophical theories on well-being are introduced: Sumner’s theory of authentic happiness and Griffin’s theory of prudential perfectionism. The second part presents opinions derived from interviews with 19 professional palliative caregivers. Both the well-being of patients and the well-being of the carers themselves (...)
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  30. Rogeer Hoedemaekers & Wim Dekkers (2003). Justice and Solidarity in Priority Setting in Health Care. Health Care Analysis 11 (4):325-343.
    During the last decade a “technical” approach has become increasingly influential in health care priority setting. The various country reports illustrate, however, that non-technical considerations cannot be avoided. As they often remain implicit in health care package decisions, this paper aims to make these normative judgements an explicit part of the procedure. More specifically, it aims to integrate different models of distributive justice as well as the principle of solidarity in four different phases of a decision-making procedure, and to identify (...)
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  31. Rogeer Hoedemaekers & Wim Dekkers (2003). Key Concepts in Health Care Priority Setting. Health Care Analysis 11 (4):309-323.
    In decisions about inclusion (or exclusion) of health care services in the benefit package, different interpretations of notions like health, health risk, disease, quality of life or necessary care often remain implicit. Yet they can lead to different benefit package decisions. After a brief discussion of these concepts in definitions of the goals of medicine, the various value-judgements implicit in interpretations of key notions in health care are analysed and conclusions are drawn with regard to the composition of decision making (...)
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  32. Rogeer Hoedemaekers & Wim Dekkers (2002). The Ontological Status of Human DNA: Is It Not First and Foremost a Biological ``File Self''? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (4-5):377-395.
    This paper investigates which of the variouslegal notions proposed for human DNA is themost appropriate from an ontological viewpoint – unique legal status, private property, commonproperty, person, or information. The focus is onthe difficulties that private property, commonproperty and person present. By usingHarré''s notion of ``file-self'''' we arguethat, ontologically, the most appropriate legalnotion to be applied is information. This hasconsequences for storage, control and use ofgenetic information as well as identifiablehuman body material.
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  33. Wim J. M. Dekkers (2001). Autonomy and Dependence: Chronic Physical Illness and Decision-Making Capacity. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 4 (2):185-192.
    In this article some of the presuppositions that underly the current ideas about decision making capacity, autonomy and independence are critically examined. The focus is on chronic disorders, especially on chronic physical disorders. First, it is argued that the concepts of decision making competence and autonomy, as they are usually applied to the problem of legal (in)competence in the mentally ill, need to be modified and adapted to the situation of the chronically (physically) ill. Second, it is argued that autonomy (...)
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  34. Wimjm Dekkers (2001). Experimentation with Human Beings. In H. Ten Have & Bert Gordijn (eds.), Bioethics in a European Perspective. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 8--167.
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  35. Rogeer Hoedemaekers & Wim Dekkers (2001). Is There a Unique Moral Status of Human DNA That Prevents Patenting? Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (4):359-386.
    : The gene patenting debate, which proved to be a focal point for divergent moral concerns about recent developments in genome research and biotechnology, has revealed that the moral status of DNA is not clear. One of the arguments used to stop undesirable developments was that DNA possesses a unique status, which renders it unfit for patenting. This paper investigates the allegedly unique (moral) status of genetic material and the information it holds from different perspectives. Several properties of DNA prove (...)
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  36. Wim Dekkers & Peter van Domburg (2000). The Role of Doctor and Patient in the Construction of the Pseudo-Epileptic Attack Disorder. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 3 (1):29-38.
    Periodic attacks of uncertain origin, where the clinical presentationresembles epilepsy but there is no evidence of a somatic disease, arecalled Pseudo-Epilepsy or Pseudo-Epileptic Attack Disorder (PEAD). PEADmay be called a `non-disease', i.e. a disorder on the fringes ofestablished disease patterns, because it lacks a rationalpathophysiological explanation. The first aim of this article is tocriticize the idea, common in medical science, that diseases are realentities which exist separately from the patient, waiting to bediscovered by the doctor. We argue that doctor and (...)
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  37. Wim Dekkers (1999). Health and Illness: From an Analytical to a Hermeneutical Approach. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2 (3):315-318.
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  38. Wim Dekkers (1999). The Lived Body as Aesthetic Object in Anthropological Medicine. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2 (2):117-128.
    Medicine does not usually consider the human body from an aesthetic point of view. This article explores the notion of the lived body as aesthetic object in anthropological medicine, concentrating on the views of Buytendijk and Straus on human uprightness and gracefulness. It is argued that their insights constitute a counter-balance to the way the human body is predominantly approached in medicine and medical ethics. In particular, (1) the relationship between anthropological, aesthetic and ethical norms, (2) the possible danger of (...)
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  39. Wim Dekkers (1998). Hermeneutics and Experiences of the Body. The Case of Low Back Pain. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 19 (3):277-293.
    The purpose of this paper is to elaborate on the notion of clinical medicine as a hermeneutical enterprise and to bridge the gap between the general perspectives of hermeneutics and the particularities of medical practice. The case of a patient with low back pain is analyzed. The discussion centers around the metaphor of the patient as a text and a model of five social discourses about low back pain. The problems addressed are: (1) the nature of a moral experience, (2) (...)
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  40. Wim J. M. Dekkers, Bert Gordijn & Henk A. M. J. ten Have (1998). Ethics and Palliative Care: Advanced European Bioethics Course. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 1:203-204.
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  41. Rien M. J. P. A. Janssens, Wim J. M. Dekkers & Bert Gordijn (1998). The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care (ESPMH). Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (4):559-564.
  42. Wim Dekkers (1995). What Do We Call 'Death'? Ethical Perspectives 2 (4):188-198.
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  43. Wim J. M. Dekkers (1995). F.J.J. Buytendijk's Concept of an Anthropological Physiology. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 16 (1).
    In his concept of an anthropological physiology, F.J.J. Buytendijk has tried to lay down the theoretical and scientific foundations for an anthropologically-oriented medicine. The aim of anthropological physiology is to demonstrate, empirically, what being specifically human is in the most elementary physiological functions. This article contains a sketch of Buytendijk''s life and work, an overview of his philosophical-anthropological presuppositions, an outline of his idea of an anthropological physiology and medicine, and a discussion of some episternological and methodological problems. It is (...)
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  44. Wim Dekkers, Charles Weijer & Norbert Paul (1995). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 16 (2).
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