Dr. Maya Goldenberg
Areas of Feminist Research: Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Science, Bioethics, Women's Health
I explore how medical knowledge is constructed (using experimental and epidemiological methods), amalgamated (systematic reviews, meta-analyses, consensus statements, clinical guidelines), and interpreted, understood, and applied by clinicians, policy makers, and patients. These inquiries into medical epistemology contribute to feminist philosophical investigation into how women’s bodies are defined and treated within the biomedical context (see Goldenberg 2010b) and women’s corporeal experience of health and illness (2010a). Furthermore, addressing the gaps in our knowledge base of women’s health stands to improve women’s health care.
I am also interested in the often politically-charged healthcare movements that have been channeled towards addressing these knowledge deficits in women’s health. They include: the women’s health movement (2007); breast cancer awareness and activism (2010c); evidence-based medicine (2012); patient-centered care (2010a); person-centered medicine (2013b).
Select Feminist Publications
- “How Can Feminist Theories of Evidence Assist Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making?” Social Epistemology (pre-publication) (2013).
- "Is 'Scientifically-Informed yet Humanistic Medicine' the Solution to the Crisis of Modern Medicine? A Friendly Corrective to the Emergent Model of Person-Centered Medicine." European Journal of Person-Centered Medicine (2013b; in press).
- "Innovating Medical Knowledge: Understanding Evidence-Based Medicine as a Socio-Medical Phenomenon". In: Evidence-Based Medicine. Ed. Nikolaos Sitara. InTech Publications, 2012. (open-access)
- “Clinical Evidence and the Absent Body in Medical Epistemology: On the Need for a New Phenomenology of Medicine.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, vol. 3, no. 1 (2010a): 43-71.
- “Perspectives in Evidence Based Women’s Health.” Journal of Women’s Health, vol. 19, no. 7 (2010b): 1235-1238.
- “Working for the Cure: Challenging Pink Ribbon Activism.” In Configuring Health Consumers: Health Work and the Imperative of Personal Responsibility. pp. 140-159. eds. Roma Harris, et al. Amsterdam: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010c: 140-159.
- “Health.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press, 2007: 441-444.
- “On Evidence and Evidence-Based Medicine: Lessons from the Philosophy of Science.” Social Science and Medicine 62, no. 11 (2006): 2621-2632.