Events Overview

Past Events

Surviving the Sirens: Should there be advance directives for people with Bipolar? -- CANCELLED
29 October 2015 – 18:30-20:00

Lecture: Tania Gergel, Visiting Research Fellow in Ancient Philosophy (Dept. of Classics) and Philosophy of Psychiatry (IoPPN)
Comment: Alexander Ruck Keene, Barrister and Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester

This event has been cancelled due to illness. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Reading Group: Medicine and the Mind
23 October 2015 – 16:00-17:30

Reading:

  1. Hróbjartsson, Asbjørn (2002). “What are the main methodological problems in the estimation of placebo effects?”. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 55, p. 430–435. (link)
  2. Shorter, Edward (2011). “A brief history of placebos and clinical trials in psychiatry”. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 56, p. 193–197. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand, King’s College London

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Medicine and the Mind. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Medicine and the Mind
16 October 2015 – 16:00-17:30

Reading:

  1. Shapiro, Arthur K. (1960). “A contribution to a history of the placebo effect”. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 5, p. 109–135. (link)
  2. Craen, Anton J. de & al. (1999). “Placebos and placebo effects in medicine: historical overview”. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 92, p. 511–515. (link)
  3. Jütte, Robert (2013). “The early history of the placebo”. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 21, p. 94–97. (link)

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand, King’s College London

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Medicine and the Mind. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Lies, Damn’d Lies, and Statistics: Is it possible to communicate cancer risk accurately?
15 October 2015 – 18:30-20:00

Lecture: Steve John, Lecturer, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Comment: Deborah Ruddy, Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital

Henriette Raphael House, Function Room, Guy’s Campus

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Abstract:

 

The fact that different ways of presenting the same risk information can have very different effects on patients’ choices raises an ethical challenge: how, if at all, should medical professionals use such “perlocutionary knowledge”? In this paper, I suggest that reflection on the nature of risk estimates poses an even harder problem: which reference classes should physicians use to calculate patients’ risks in the first place? I then sketch one answer to this challenge, based on an account of rational gambling. Unfortunately, this answer seems to conflict with much current medical practice. In the final part of the paper, I try to justify current practice. I conclude with some remarks on the implications of my argument both for clinical ethics and for the philosophy of science.

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Reading Group: Medicine and the Mind
9 October 2015 – 16:00-17:30

Readings:

  1. Nunn, Robin (2009). “It’s time to put the placebo out of our misery”. British Medical Journal 338, b1568. http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.b1568
  2. Nunn, Robin (2009). “Preparing for a post-placebo paradigm: ethics and choice of control in clinical trials”. American Journal of Bioethics 9, p. 51-52.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15265160903093854
  3. Turner, Andrew (2012). “’Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison”. Biology & Philosophy 27, p. 419-432. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10539-011-9289-8

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand, King’s College London

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Medicine and the Mind. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Reading Group: Medicine and the Mind
2 October 2015 – 16:00-17:30

Reading:

Murphy, Dominic (2008). “Concepts of health and disease”. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward N. Zalta. California: Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/health-disease

Convener: Dr Tuomas Pernu

S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand, King’s College London

Philosophy & Medicine Reading Group discusses topics at the intersection of philosophy and medicine, with a special focus on Medicine and the Mind. We will base our discussion in each session on a paper. All members of the group are welcome to suggest relevant reading. Please do feel free to participate even if you have not been able to read the material or have missed a meeting. If you would like to suggest specific readings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the group convener, Dr Tuomas Pernu by email.

Please also join us on Facebook. You are welcome to join this group as a virtual member even if you are unable to attend the actual meetings.

 

Placebo-Controlled Surgical Trials
1 October 2015 – 18:30-20:00

Lecture: David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
Comment: David Papineau, Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London

K2.31, King’s Building, Strand, King’s College London

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