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To Fix or to Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine

Joseph E. Davis and Ana Marta Gonzalez


The collected essays in To Fix or to Heal examine the persistence of reductionistic approaches to medicine and public health. Despite widespread discontent with such approaches and good reasons to turn toward a more “holistic” model, an individualistic and mechanistic approach has survived decades of criticism. Indeed, reductionistic forces have grown stronger since the classic critiques of the 1960s and 70s. Besides describing the persistence of this approach in various spheres, and showing why it is so problematic, the book offers an account for why reductionism has persisted, and why more r ... More

Keywords: reductionism, holism, public health, bioethics, biomedical model, suffering, health society, enhancement, medicalization, social determinants of health

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479878246
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479878246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph E. Davis, editor
University of Virginia

Ana Marta Gonzalez, editor

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