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Quality of Life

£14.95

This book offers a philosophical critique of medicine as applied science. More positively it stresses the social causes of disease and argues for greater equity in the distribution of resources and the benefits of a wider evidence-base for medical treatments. The GP movement of ‘social prescribing’ shows an awareness of the need for a wider approach. The suggested approach requires an expansion of public health medicine and health promotion. These in turn require a corresponding fresh look at medical education and ethics in order to create an openness to the many community and arts initiatives concerned with our health and well-being. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the need for a new socially inclusive and community-based philosophy of health and health care. This readable and imaginative volume argues that the health and well-being of the individual are bound up with the quality of life of the community.

Robin Downie FRSE, FRSA is Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

240 pp.

£14.95 Paperback

SKU: 9781788360593 Categories: ,

This book offers a philosophical critique of medicine as applied science. More positively it stresses the social causes of disease and argues for greater equity in the distribution of resources and the benefits of a wider evidence-base for medical treatments. The GP movement of ‘social prescribing’ shows an awareness of the need for a wider approach. The suggested approach requires an expansion of public health medicine and health promotion. These in turn require a corresponding fresh look at medical education and ethics in order to create an openness to the many community and arts initiatives concerned with our health and well-being. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the need for a new socially inclusive and community-based philosophy of health and health care. This readable and imaginative volume argues that the health and well-being of the individual are bound up with the quality of life of the community.

240 pp.

£14.95 Paperback

4 reviews for Quality of Life

  1. Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities and Hon. Consultant in Gynaecology, University Hospital of North Durham

    “This book is necessary and important and needs to be read by all who have responsibility for the education of the next generation of doctors — and in fact everyone!”

  2. Dr Katie Amiel, GP, The Bigger Picture Project; Co-Editor of These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS, RCGP Wellbeing Committee

    “The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for a wider view of health and disease which encompasses not only the medical sciences but also ethics, philosophy, the arts and humanities… This important book could not be more timely as we navigate the huge challenges and opportunities ahead.”

  3. Kenneth M. Boyd, Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh

    “Robin Downie’s philosophical reasoning is illuminating, imaginative and clearly persuasive. This argument could not be more timely and needs to be heard by everyone who cares for the future of the NHS.”

  4. Alexander McCall Smith, creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and expert on Medical Law and Bioethics

    “Robin Downie comes from a tradition of Scottish philosophy that is clear, sympathetic, and practical. I have always had the greatest respect for this important and approachable philosophical voice. His latest observations on fundamental issues of medical ethics are extremely timely in our recently traumatised world.”

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