When: 29th April, 13.30 – 15.00,
Where: Virginia Woolf Building (22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NR), Room 6.32
Title: ‘The Ontology of Disease‘
Abstract: A recent paper in the journal Healthcare Informatics Research identifies a paradigm shift – ‘from concept representations to ontologies’ – in the ways medical terminologies and vocabularies are used to describe medical data . I will describe what this paradigm shift involves, what it means to talk about ‘ontologies’ in the medical context, and how such talk relates to the traditional concerns of philosophical ontologists. I shall conclude with an ontological definition of disease, and illustrations of how this definition can be applied to a range of clinical examples.
For any question contact the convenor of the series, Dr Emma Bullock: email@example.com