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Type: Journal article
Title: The overlooked role of cases in causal attribution in medicine
Author: Ankeny, R.
Citation: Philosophy of Science, 2014; 81(5):999-1011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0031-8248
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Rachel A. Ankeny
Abstract: Although cases are central to the epistemic practices utilized within clinical medicine, they appear to be limited in their ability to provide evidence about causal relations because they provide detailed accounts of particular patients without explicit filtering of those attributes most likely to be relevant for explaining the phenomena observed. This paper uses a series of recent case reports to explore the role of cases in casual attribution in medical diagnosis. It is argued that cases are brought together by practitioners to generate causal attributions and testable predictions using a manipulability view of causation.
Description: Originally published title: The overlooked role of cases in casual attribution in medicine
Rights: Copyright 2014 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1086/677693
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