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Call for Papers: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Medicine

Over a quarter of a century ago, ethicist Arthur Caplan questioned the existence of a philosophy of medicine, but advocated its importance and urged its development.  While Caplan’s query has been debated, there is little dissent as to the importance of core philosophical grounds of and for medicine, and to their integral place within medical education, training and practice.  Perspectives on what a philosophy of medicine is and what it does may differ, and we believe these views are vital to its continued development and sustenance. 


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Edited by: Thomas Bohrer MD, Roberto Dell’Oro PhD, James Giordano PhD
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Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine
Edited by: Prof. James Giordano, Dr. John Shook
Collection published: 3 January 2014
Updated: 31 May 2017


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The many meanings of ‘Quality’ in healthcare: Interdisciplinary perspectives
Edited by: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst
Collection published: 23 April 2015


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Medical ethics in informed consent
Edited by: Prof James Giordano, Dr Fernando Marques
Collection published: 7 January 2014


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Medical tourism – concepts, ethics, and practices
Edited by: Prof Silke Schicktanz, Dr Tulsi Patel
Collection published: 20 August 2013


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Towards a new psychiatry: Philosophical and ethical issues in classification, diagnosis and care
Edited by: Prof James Giordano
Collection published: 13 January 2012


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Ethical Considerations: Organ transplantation and the definition of death in medical practice
Edited by: Dr Thomas S. Huddle
Collection published: 22 May 2007

A four-part working bibliography of neuroethics

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Given the growth, range, and rapid maturation of the field of neuroethics we provide an iterative, four-part document that affords a repository of international papers, books, and chapters that address the field in overview, and present discussion(s) of more particular aspects and topics of neuroethics.

Part 1: Overview and reviews – Defining and describing the field and its practices
Part 2: Neuroscientific studies of morality and ethics
Part 3: “Second tradition neuroethics” – Ethical issues in neuroscience
Part 4 - Ethical issues in clinical and social applications of neuroscience

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Call for papers: Brain science, philosophy and ethics in medicine

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Neuroscience is forging new directions and resources to access and affect neurological structures and functions. These tools and techniques have enabled applications in medical fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and pain care, both to treat disorders, and to modify cognition, emotions and behaviors. While such capabilities may be construed as beneficial, the discovery, development and use(s) of new devices, information and knowledge also incur ethical, legal and social issues; these are the focus of the relatively new, but ever more important, necessary and growing field of neuroethics.

Aims and scope

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of medical and bioethics, philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities, the journal provides a forum for exploring and addressing how new developments in biomedicine foster philosophical, ethical and social issues, questions and possible solutions. The ethos of the journal acknowledges the importance of both obtaining new facts, tools and capabilities in medicine, and of engaging new ways of thinking about and expressing the meanings and effects of these emerging developments. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine encompasses the philosophical and ethical aspects of clinical research and practice, and also welcomes papers focusing upon medicine and humanities, including the history of medicine, and medicine and the arts. As the official publication of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center, we recognize the increasingly global scope of social and ethical implications of new developments biomedicine, and hence encourage contribution of international perspectives, insights and discourses.

Editor's profile

New Content ItemProf James Giordano, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. James Giordano PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. As well, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Prof. Giordano is a Research Fellow of the European Union Human Brain Project. He has served as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection; as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and as Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon.   

Prof. Giordano is the author of over 270 publications, 7 books, and 15 governmental whitepapers on neuroscience, neuroethics, and biosecurity.  His ongoing studies focus upon the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, neural bases of moral cognition and behavior, and the neuroethical issues generated by research and applications of emerging neuroscience and neurotechnology. In recognition of his work in science and ethics, Prof. Giordano was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts, the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives, and is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).


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