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Phi-240 Level Course Proposal: The Philosophy of Medicine: Theory and Practice

This course will investigate some very influential conceptions of health and disease and then apply the theories to some major controversies in medicine. We will first explore some of the leading conceptions of health and disease. Many of these arose in response to the anti-psychiatry movement that emerged in the 1960s, so we will begin with a paper representative of the latter group. Then we will examine leading naturalist, normativist, and hybrid accounts of disease. The naturalist offers a value-free analysis of health and disease, relying upon the biological notions of function and dysfunction. Dysfunction will be sufficient for disease. The normativist will argue that diseases must harm individuals and that the society’s values will determine what is harmful. Hybrid theorists claim part dysfunction is merely a necessary but not sufficient condition for someone to be unhealthy. What is also required for disease is that the individual be harmed by the dysfunction.

After obtaining some clarity about the competing philosophical conceptions of health and disease, we will bring such theoretical treatments to bear upon current controversies in medicine. We will consider whether medicine is essentially pathocentric and doctors should refrain from using their medical knowledge to promote other goals like enhancements, euthanasia, judicial executions, and military interrogations etc. We will explore whether mental health practitioners are failing to distinguish diseases from “problems of living” and consequently are medicating healthy people. We will further pursue this question with a study of whether “normal” grief is to be viewed as a pathological condition like a wound or is a properly functioning process of healing. Then we will tackle the controversial issue whether the disabled should be cured or rather the focus should be on altering an “ableist” society that makes their mere disability into a harmful condition. A somewhat related issue is whether children born with sexual organs of both sexes should they be surgically altered to remove their ambiguous sexuality or should medicine and the broader society change its attitudes to them? We next will examine whether health is the key condition to our being autonomous. Then we will explore the issue of whether the addicted are diseased and so not responsible for their conduct. We will end with a discussion of whether aging is a healthy normal stage or a pathological loss of abilities.


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Mini Med Series: Infectious Diseases

UB Mini Med School

Presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Covering infectious diseases, vaccines and leading research
on prevention techniques

Measles as a Metaphor
Alan J. Lesse, MD
Sr. Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum
Chief of Infectious Disease, VA WNY Healthcare System

Vaccines: Challenges and Options
Kenyani S. Davis, MD
UBMD Internal Medicine

Tuesday, Oct 3 • 6-8 p.m.
150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

Combating Infections
Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD
Professor of Microbiology/Immunology and Medicine

The Microbiome and Oral Biology
Robert J. Genco, PhD, DDS
Director, UB Microbiome Center
Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology, Periodontics and Microbiology

Tuesday, Oct. 10 ​6-8 p.m.
150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

UB’s Mini Med School series is a public service offered to anyone 16
and older interested in learning about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare.

Cost is $5 per session or free for students with a valid ID.

New for this year is a “Series Subscriber” ticket, which includes access
to each of the 10 lectures in 2017-18, reserved premium seating, recognition as a series subscriber and a future tour of the new medical school campus in downtown Buffalo. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Alexander J. Eadie

To register click here.

For more information about the series, please visit the Mini Med School website.

Questions? Contact Alexander J. Eadie, 716-829-2971.

UB welcomes largest-ever medical school class

They volunteer at food pantries and suicide hotlines, work with the homeless and refugees, and assist at hospice and Meals on Wheels. They’ve done research on cancer, diabetes and geriatrics, and worked on medical missions all over the globe.

They are the 180 students of the Class of 2021 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who received their white coats at a ceremony on Friday in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts.

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MAPS Officers for 2017-18

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Minority Association of Pre-med Students for 2017-18!

President – Amber Palmer

Vice President – Zaakirah Barry

Treasurer – Desiree Majekford

Secretary – Vaughnessa Alexander