Bristol, 13-15 April 2010
An interdisciplinary conference on the nature of progress in medicine, combining perspectives from philosophy, history, medical science, and clinical practice.
• Derek Bolton (KCL) - “Defining illness in psychiatry and in general medicine”
• Matthew Broome (Warwick) - "Medicine as applied physiology, psychiatry as applied neuroscience"
• Raffaella Campaner and Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna) - "Evidence and the assessment of causal relations in the health sciences"
• K. Codell Carter (Brigham Young University) - “What progress are we now to expect in medicine?”
• Nancy Cartwright (LSE and UC San Diego) - "The long road from 'it works somewhere' to 'it will work for us'”
• Sir Iain Chalmers (UK Cochrane Centre) and Ulrich Tröhler (Bern) - “Medical historical textbooks and review articles fail to take account of progress in historical research”
• Andrew Cunningham (Cambridge) - "The origins of the concept of progress in medicine, ca. 16th and 17th centuries"
• Bill Fulford (Warwick) - "Neuroscience and values: from theory to practice in mental health"
• Sander Greenland (UC Los Angeles) - "How much progress in medicine is illusory?"
• Ilana Löwy (Inserm, CNRS, Paris-Sud 11) - Prenatal diagnosis: Does the improvement of diagnostic techniques constitute progress?"
• Mark Parascandola (U.S. National Institutes of Health) - "Epistemic
risk: Empirical science and the fear of being wrong"
• John Pickstone (Manchester) - tba
• David Wootton (York) - "Progress in science and medicine---some puzzles solved"
• Michael Worboys (Manchester) - "Chlamydia: A disease without a history"
• John Worrall (LSE) - "Evidence in medicine: getting back to the Hill top"
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