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Medical conspiracy theories: cognitive science and implications for ethics
Published in Springer Science and Business Media LLC
2020
PMID: 32301040
Volume: 23
   
Issue: 3
Pages: 505 - 518
Abstract
Although recent trends in politics and media make it appear that conspiracy theories are on the rise, in fact they have always been present, probably because they are sustained by natural dispositions of the human brain. This is also the case with medical conspiracy theories. This article reviews some of the most notorious health-related conspiracy theories. It then approaches the reasons why people believe these theories, using concepts from cognitive science. On the basis of that knowledge, the article makes normative proposals for public health officials and health workers as a whole, to deal with conspiracy theories, in order to preserve some of the fundamental principles of medical ethics. © 2020, Springer Nature B.V.
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JournalData powered by TypesetMed Health Care Philos
PublisherData powered by TypesetSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
ISSN13867423
Open AccessNo