Science and experience: repairing a fractured medicine

Loughlin, Michael ORCID: (2021) Science and experience: repairing a fractured medicine. Complementary Medicine Research, 28 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2504-2092

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Milgrom is right to identify scientism as a major influence on both current medical practice and education. Whatever its advantages with regard to focusing attention in particular areas of study, a theoretical framework that renders the previously straightforward inherently problematic is clearly not an unequivocal advance. Scientism fractures the subject of proper medical attention. To repair the fracture, we need a revised conception of medical and scientific reasoning which understands the latter as an aspect of a broader, humanistic conception of reasoning.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1159/000511584
Additional Information: © 2021 S. Karger AG, Basel. This is the accepted manuscript version of an article published by S. Karger AG in Complementary Medicine Research, 2020 including DOI ( and available at
Keywords: Scientism, Medicine, History of ideas, Experience, Medical philosophy
Subjects: Medicine and health > Person centered care
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Depositing User: Michael Loughlin
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 18:32
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:04


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