In our time of well-publicized health care travails, in the USA and the UK and elsewhere, matters of financing too often subsume
the dimension of patient care. In his latest book, Alexander L. Gungov studies a vital but neglected aspect of patient safety.
Of the thousands of medical errors committed on a daily basis, in the bulk of unfortunate clinical decisions, a significant
share pertains to various logical flows and epistemological fallacies. By focusing on the logical dimensions of clinical medicine,
Gungov promotes awareness of the logical and epistemological traps that lie in the day-to-day care of patients. Such a focus
not only allows us to avoid falling into them, but demonstrates the practical value of looking at medicine from a new philosophical
perspective. That perspective involves a broad and unusual collection of philosophers. The discussion takes its starting point
from J. S. Mills inductive methods and Giambattista Vicos verum-factum principle, but then sets out a unique combination of
Charles Sanders Peirces abductive reasoning, Immanuel Kants reflective judgment, as well as G. W. F. Hegels and D. P. Verenes
speculative thinking, all marshalled to present a novel philosophical account of clinical diagnostics. Interpretation of practical
examples elucidate the logical aspect of medical errors and suggests strategies of overcoming them. The book as a whole demonstrates
the value of Hans-Georg Gadamers hermeneutical insights into the enigmatic character of health. This much-needed book will
be of interest to medical practitioners, health policy-makers, patients and their families, and to advanced students and scholars
in medicine, the medical humanities, medical epistemology, and the philosophy of medicine in general.