Monday 3rd June – 1-2pm – Seminar Room, Byrne House

You are invited to the next session of the Biological Interest Group on Monday 3rd June. As usual it will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Nick Binney will be leading the session, which will be based on a summary of what he hopes will be the first two or three chapters of his PhD. Nick hopes to show that the way many physicians try to justify their use of diagnostic practices (at least in the case of heart failure) is problematic. He also hopes to show that we can understand why the justification of diagnostic practices is so problematic in the present if we understand something of how these practices have come to be developed and accepted historically.

Nick will be very grateful for any comments people have, but would be particularly interested to discuss 1) if people find his argument that the justification of diagnostic practices is problematic, 2) if people think that this should be of interest to practising physicians, 3) his argument that these problems are the result of philosophical assumptions made by physicians given the way in which these practices have developed historically, and 4) if this historical work has the potential to be valuable to the practising physician trying to consider which diagnostic practices to use. Nick’s argument for this latter point is very underdeveloped here, as this will be the subject of the rest of his PhD.

The article can be obtained by emailing Jim Lowe at jwel201 [at] – Nick has written this for BIG, so don’t worry about who you forward this document on to.

For any further information on BIG, please contact Sabina Leonelli at S.Leonelli [at]


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