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Posted on January 23, 2020 at 3:30 AM

Georgetown University is celebrating the 100th birthday of Edmund Pellegrino with a two-day conference. 

The John Collins Harvey Lecture and dinner is on the evening of Thursday, March 5, 2020. The all-day Centennial Pellegrino Seminar is on Friday, March 6, 2020. Registration is free.

The conference will take a fresh look at Pellegrino’s work in the philosophy of medicine, with one eye looking back to his original body of work and another eye looking forward to how his writing might inform contemporary conversations regarding the philosophy of medicine.

Pellegrino was one of the earliest writers in the modern era of the philosophy of medicine and the founding editor the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He wrote about topics such as the nature of the patient-physician relationship, the process of clinical reasoning, the goals of medicine, the relationship of medicine to society, team-based medical care, and the relationship between the philosophy of medicine and medical ethics. Several anthologies have collected his works, but these have concentrated on his medical ethics rather than his philosophy of medicine. Moreover, few have engaged his work in the philosophy of medicine critically or examined its place as the field has grown since he first began to explore these topics in the 1960s. 

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