Pekka Louhiala


Individual Partner: Pekka Louhiala, Professor of Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Tampere, Finland

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Key Words: Philosophy of medicine, Placebo effect

Resident in: Finland;

Working in: Finland;

Area(s) of Interest in VBP:Education,Research/philosophy,

Related Area(s) of Interest:Communication skills, Evidence-based practice,Ethics,Medical humanities

Brief Description of Work: I am a physician and a philosopher with a doctoral degree in both disciplines. I work currently at the University of Tampere, Finland. I have taught medical ethics for 20 years and from the beginning included the distinction between facts and values as a central topic in my ethics classes. My research interests include conceptual issues in medicine, e.g., placebo effect, evidence-based medicine and the concept of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine). I also work as a part-time paediatrician in private practice.

Read more: For my book Placebo Effects: The Meaning of Care in Medicine please go to: