Thursday, 2016/05/26, 16:00 h
This presentation will deal with the long history of medical success. The starting point will be a brief analysis of claims of success during the professional development of scientific medicine in the nineteenth century. This will be followed by deeper reading of the so-called McKeown controversy. This debate aims to explain reasons for the immense decline in mortality since the mid-nineteenth century and thus allows to problematize possible measurements for the effectiveness of medicine.