Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Henrik Vogt is a Medical Doctor who has also studied History of Science. His Ph.D. investigates what the up and coming field of Systems Medicine will mean for Primary Care.
His educational background is purposefully broad and generalistic. It is a combination of a primarily scientific education (Medicine), a humanistic one (History and some Philosophy) and a pragmatic communicational one (Journalism). He specialized in History of Science and Professionalism (the subject name was “Knowledge and Power”). In combination with a single semester course in Philosophy of Life and Ethics this gives him a Cand.mag degree (equivalent of four years of University level studies) in addition to his medical studies. He has also previously worked as a journalist, mostly for Norwegian Aftenposten and A-magasinet. For the time being he is also writing popular science articles and commentaries in the lay press in addition to part time work in a primary care practice in Oslo.
Academically, he is interested in why doctors think the way they do and how this affects their practice (and vice versa). He is also interested in the degree to which and how the theoretical foundations of medicine can incorporate both the natural scientific and humanistic worldviews in a comprehensive manner. In his own Ph.D. project he employs his own broad, educational background within the fields of General Practice and Community Medicine, which offer and need the most comprehensive (or “holistic”) and general approach to human beings and their health. This project is anchored to the needs of primary care doctors and their patients and has led him to investigate theoretical questions of special interest to them. He is working at the General Practice Research Unit at the Institute of Community Medicine.