Thinking Through Breast Cancer: A Philosophical Exploration of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survival

ISBN : 9780190637033

Mary Ann G. Cutter
256 Pages
148 x 218 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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Thinking Through Breast Cancer is a philosophical analysis of breast cancer inspired by the author's journey as a breast cancer patient. It sets out to show the relevancy of philosophical thinking in medicine today and shares advice about how to navigate the uncertainty of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survival.


I. Introduction
II. How is Breast Cancer Described?
III. How is Breast Cancer Explained?
IV.How is Breast Cancer Evaluated?
V. How is Breast Cancer a Social Phenomenon?
VI. What is the Relation among the Descriptive, Explanatory, Evaluative, and Social Dimensions of Breast Cancer?
VII. What Are the Ethical Implications of How Medicine Understands Breast Cancer?
VIII. Extended Musings
Glossary of Medical Terms
Glossary of Philosophical Terms

About the author: 

Mary Ann G. Cutter is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University through the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Program. She is the author of numerous publications on the philosophy of disease and bioethical topics, including AIDS, genetics, death and dying, and women's health care. In 1997, Professor Cutter received a CU system-wide Service Award for her work in developing genetic protection legislation for the State of Colorado.

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