Causality, mosaics, and the health sciences.
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Theoretical medicine and bioethics, ISSN: 1573-0980, Vol: 37, Issue: 2, Page: 161-8
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Thinking about illness causation has a long and rich history in medicine. After a hiatus in the 1990s, the last one-and-a-half decades have seen a surge of publications on causality in the biomedical sciences. Interestingly, this surge is visible not only in the medical, epidemiological , bioinformatics, and public health literatures, but also among philosophical publications. In this essay, I review and discuss one most recent addition to the literature, "Causality: Philosophical Theory Meets Scientific Practice" (Oxford, 2014) written by philosophers Phyllis Illari and Federica Russo about causality in the sciences, and particularly about the health sciences.