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Reduction in the Biomedical Sciences

Andersen, Holly (2016) Reduction in the Biomedical Sciences. [Preprint]

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This chapter discusses several kinds of reduction that are often found in the biomedical sciences, in contrast to reduction in fields such as physics. This includes reduction as a methodological assumption for how to investigate phenomena like complex diseases, and reduction as a conceptual tool for relating distinct models of the same phenomenon. The case of Parkinson’s disease illustrates a wide variety of ways in which reductionism is an important tool in medicine.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: forthcoming chapter in Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine, edited by Solomon, Simon, and Kincaid.
Keywords: reduction, integration, models, explanation, intervention, Parkinson’s, medical
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr. Holly Andersen
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 12:47
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 12:47
Item ID: 11801
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2016

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