Clarke, Brendan

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Brendan Clarke

Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Medicine


Room 2.1, 22 Gordon Square

Office hours: Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm, Fridays 12.00-1.00pm (or by appointment)

ext: 37132

telephone: 0207 679 37132!/philmedman

Current teaching


I'm the liaison tutor for our two integrated BSc programmes, and the admissions tutor for our pair of MSc programmes.


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I'm interested in the history and philosophy of the life sciences. In particular:

  • viral causation of cancers (PhD topic)
  • classifications (causal or otherwise) in the life sciences
  • evidence based medicine - I'm co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project Explaining Evidence in Medicine (project website
  • history and philosophy of anatomical illustrations
  • synthetic biology

More information about my research is available here


(see also

  • Clarke, B., Leuridan, B. and Williamson, J. 2014. Modelling Mechanisms with Causal Cycles. Synthese. 191(8): 1651-1681. Online access
  • Clarke, B., Gillies, D., Illari, P., Russo, F. and Williamson, J. 2014. Mechanisms and the Evidence Hierarchy. TOPOI. 33(2), 339-360. 10.1007/s11245-013-9220-9
  • Clarke B, Gillies D, Illari P, Russo F, Williamson J. 2013. The evidence that evidence-based medicine omits. Preventive Medicine. 57(6): 745-747 doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.10.020. View in PubMed.
  • You can find my PhD thesis (title: Causality in medicine with particular reference to the viral causation of cancers) here and a review by Raffaella Campaner at
  • Clarke, B. 2012. "Causation in Medicine" in Gonzalez, W.J. (ed). 2012. Conceptual Revolutions: from Cognitive Science to Medicine. La Coruna: Netbiblo. View full text.
  • Clarke, B. 2011. Causation and Melanoma Classification. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 32(1): 19-32. View in PubMed.
  • Sharma, A., Machen, K., Clarke, B., Howard, D. 2006. Is Undergraduate Otorhinolaryngology Teaching Relevant to Junior Doctors Working in Accident and Emergency Departments? The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. 120: 949-51. View in PubMed.

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