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    Writings on Medicine

    ISBN-10: 0823234320
    ISBN-13: 9780823234325
    Author(s): Georges Canguilhem, Stefanos Geroulanos, Todd Meyers
    Description: At the time of his death in 1995, Georges Canguilhem was a highly respected historian of science and medicine, whose engagement with questions of normality, the ideologization of scientific thought, and the conceptual history of biology had marked  More...
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    Publisher: Fordham University Press
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 120
    Size: 8.80" wide x 6.00" long x 0.40" tall
    Weight: 0.418
    Language: English

    At the time of his death in 1995, Georges Canguilhem was a highly respected historian of science and medicine, whose engagement with questions of normality, the ideologization of scientific thought, and the conceptual history of biology had marked the thought of philosophers such as MichelFoucault, Louis Althusser, Pierre Bourdieu, and Gilles Deleuze. This collection of short, incisive, and highly accessible essays on the major concepts of modern medicine shows Canguilhem at the peak of his use of historical practice for philosophical engagement. In order to elaborate a philosophy of medicine, Canguilhem examines paramount problems such as the definition and uses of health, the decline of the Hippocratic understanding of nature, the experience of disease, the limits of psychology in medicine, myths and realities of therapeutic practices, thedifference between cure and healing, the organism's self-regulation, and medical metaphors linking the organism to society. Writings on Medicine is at once an excellent introduction to Canguilhem's work and a forceful, insightful, and accessible engagement with elemental concepts in medicine. Thebook is certain to leave its imprint on anthropology, history, philosophy, bioethics, and the social studies of medicine.

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: Georges Canguilhem's Critique of Medical Reason
    The Idea of Nature in Medical Theory and Practice
    Diseases
    Health: Popular Concept and Philosophical Question
    Is a Pedagogy of Healing Possible?
    The Problem of Regulation in the Organism and in Society
    Notes
    Index

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