April 19-20, 2017, University of Oxford, Oxford.
Too Much Medicine: Exploring the Relevance of the Philosophy of Medicine to Medical Research and Practice
Philosophers of medicine
Professor Alexander Bird (Bristol, UK)
Jeremy Howick (Oxford, UK)
Professor Lisa Schwartz and Professor Steve Woloshin (Dartmouth, US)
Professor Jeffrey Aronson (Oxford)
Call for Papers
This cross-disciplinary conference will explore the emerging problem of ‘too much medicine’ (TMM) including overdiagnosis and overtreatment. TMM is likely to benefit from an interdisciplinary perspective for several reasons. One cause of TMM is arguably ‘disease mongering’ where for example risk factors are interpreted as diseases and treated as such. This is related to the philosophical problem of defining disease—without a clear definition of what counts as diabetes or cancer, harmful and costly tests and treatments can be introduced unchecked. Also, the problem of TMM provides a platform for broader issues. For example it highlights the importance of considering values alongside evidence—some might value being given a test even without an improved clinical outcome. The conference seeks to address the problem of TMM issue from an interdisciplinary perspective, especially the interface between medicine and philosophy. Papers engaging with philosophical aspects of the Too Much Medicine question are invited, with potential topics including: the role of evidence based medicine in the Too Much Medicine question, the values underlying the problem, and unique aspects of the problem in particular branches of medicine. See website for more details: https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/events/too-much-medicine-exploring-the-relevance-of-philosophy-of-medicine-to-medical-research-and-practice.
Selected papers from the conference in a special issue of the Journal for Applied Philosophy.
How to submit an abstract
We welcome abstracts from philosophers of medicine with ideas that may be relevant to medicine, and medical researchers/practitioners with ideas that may be relevant to philosophy are encouraged to submit abstracts.
Abstracts (no more than 200 words) to be sent no later than 28 February 2017 to: philmedlab[at]mail.com. Do not include your name on the document to permit blinded review. Please be sure to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of your talk.
We will complete reviewing the abstracts by 6 March 2017.
How to register if you would like to attend without giving a talk
The cost of the conference is £50 for two days and includes all talks, morning/afternoon tea and coffee, and lunch.
Please reserve your place by sending an email to: philmedlab[at]mail.com no later than 21 March 2017.
Two £200 bursaries are available for UK students (including graduate students)