By O.S. Miettinen

This e-book exposes, and fills, a awesome void within the academic content material typically coated in smooth colleges of medication. It offers an creation to the sector at huge when it comes to content material that's proper for every of the specialties and subspecialties of drugs; and to this finish, it addresses the fashionable counterpart of the Hippocratic philosophy that was once on the root of the genesis of recent drugs.

The much-needed yet still-missing introductory content material for the interdisciplinary 'medical common,' supplied during this ebook, addresses regularly the main basic options and ideas of drugs. these ideas movement, hierarchically, from the essence of (health and) ill-health/illness for one and that of medication for one more, either one of those severely formulated; and people ideas are dictates of common sense and ethics, either particular to medication.

whereas a latest doctor is predicted to be powerfuble as a student in his/her specific self-discipline of drugs, examine of this booklet is key for the improvement of that competence -- for studying, for instance, to make a tenable contrast among clinical medication and clinical technology, and among knowledge-based medication (scientific and different) and its opinion-based substitutes ('evidence-based' and other).

"To me it really is surprising and to drugs truly shameful that it has taken as much as yr 2015 ahead of there's a paintings during which the essence of drugs is defined and discussed."

-- J. Steurer, college of Zurich

"[In this book], Miettinen fantastically elucidates the options and rules of knowledge-based analysis, and diagnosis, inside of medication. Now, after six a long time of willing remark and learn, and demanding mirrored image on drugs and scientific study, Miettinen, during this publication, stocks the elemental understandings he has reached; ..."

-- T. J. VanderWeele, Harvard University

"The target of this e-book ... is admirable. The composition of the booklet -- from the most important innovations to logical and moral rules -- is particularly transparent and systematic. i'm confident that this sort of ebook is needed."

-- I. Niiniluoto, college of Helsinki

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3 Sickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sickness in Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sickness from Illness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Symptoms and Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1 The Prevailing Confusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Rates of Morbidity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Types of Population. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Rates vis-à-vis Risks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S. 0 Abstract The concept of a thing – entity, quality/quantity, or relation – is the essence of the thing: that which is true of each instance of the thing and unique to it. Possession of concepts is a prerequisite for any thinking, and shared concepts together with shared terminology are prerequisites for successful communication.

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