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Knowledge, authority and identity: a prolegomenon to an epistemology of the clinic.
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PMID:  11437269     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Disputes about theory in bioethics almost invariably revolve around different understandings of morality or practical reasoning; I here suggest that the field would do well to become more explicitly contentious about knowledge, and start the task of putting together a clinical epistemology. By way of providing some motivation for such a discussion, I consider two cases of resistance to shifts in clinical practice that are, by and large, not ethically controversial, highlighting how different conceptions of epistemic authority may contribute to clinicians' unwillingness to adopt these changes, and sketching out some initial suggestions for epistemic analysis of clinical practice.
J L Nelson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Theoretical medicine and bioethics     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1386-7415     ISO Abbreviation:  Theor Med Bioeth     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-04     Completed Date:  2001-07-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9805378     Medline TA:  Theor Med Bioeth     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-22     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ethical Analysis*
Ethics, Medical*
Natural Childbirth
Patient Participation
Physician's Practice Patterns*
Terminal Care
United States

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