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Matt Wallden, Paul Chek
In recent times there have been, concurrently, increasing volumes of research questioning whether biomechanics have any relevance at all to musculoskeletal medicine; and a blossoming field of Pain Science identifying that perception of, and context for, pain is often more important than the tissues generating the pain in the first instance. From the academic world to social media, much excitement has been generated in supporting this new direction. However, most of the great work arising from the Pain Science arena is focused on pain itself and on the patients' conscious beliefs around their pain...
April 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
David McCoy, Guddi Singh
The formulation of global health policy is political; and all institutions operating in the global health landscape are political. This is because policies and institutions inevitably represent certain values, reflect particular ideologies, and preferentially serve some interests over others. This may be expressed explicitly and consciously; or implicitly and unconsciously. But it's important to recognise the social and political dimension of global health policy. In some instances however, the politics of global health policy may be actively denied or obscured...
August 2014: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Russell Disilvestro
The idea that we human beings have souls that can continue to have conscious experiences after the deaths of our bodies is controversial in contemporary academic bioethics; this idea is obviously present whenever questions about harm at the end of life are discussed, but this idea is often ignored or avoided because it is more comfortable to do so. After briefly discussing certain types of experiences that lead some people to believe in souls that can survive the deaths of their bodies, I begin to answer the question, "If personal postmortem survival of some sort is real, then how should this alter the way we approach our bioethical discussions about death, the harm of death, and harming the dead?" The bioethics issues I briefly discuss in the remaining two sections are the debate about defining death and the decision whether to forego life-prolonging treatments...
October 2012: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
James B Miller
Metaphysical and epistemological dualism informs much contemporary discussion of the relationships of science and religion, in particular in relation to the neurosciences and the religious understanding of the human person. This dualism is a foundational artifact of modern culture; however, contemporary scientific research and historical theological scholarship encourage a more holistic view wherein human personhood is most fittingly understood as an emergent phenomenon of, but not simply reducible to, evolutionary and developmental neurobiology...
September 2012: Science and Engineering Ethics
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