The Art of Living
Phenomenology is a useful methodology for describing and ordering experience. As such, it can be specifically applied to the first-person experience of illness, in order to illuminate this experience and to enable healthcare providers to enhance their understanding of it. However, this approach has been under-utilised in the philosophy of medicine as well as in medical training and practice. This paper demonstrates the usefulness of phenomenology to clinical medicine. Dr Havi Carel is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE, Bristol and also teaches at the Bristol Medical School. Her book Illness (Acumen 2008) was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.
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