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The Body in Medical Thought and Practice : Philosophy and Medicine - D. Leder

The Body in Medical Thought and Practice

Philosophy and Medicine

By: D. Leder (Editor)


Published: 31st August 1992
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In the second half of the 20th century, the body has become a central theme of intellectual debate. How should we perceive the human body? Is it best understood biologically, experientially, culturally? How do social institutions exercise power over the body and determine norms of health and behavior? The answers arrived at by phenomenologists, social theorists, and feminists have radically challenged our cenventional notions of the body dating back to 17th century Cartesian thought.
This is the first volume to systematically explore the range of contemporary thought concerning the body and draw out its crucial implications for medicine. Its authors suggest that many of the problems often found in modern medicine -- dehumanized treatment, overspecialization, neglect of the mind's healing resources -- are directly traceable to medicine's outmoded concepts of the body. New and exciting alternatives are proposed by some of the foremost physicians and philosophers working in the medical humanities today.

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Overviews
Phenomenological Critiques
A Tale of Two Bodies: The Cartesian Corpse and the Lived Bodyp. 17
Why Aren't More Doctors Phenomenologists?p. 37
Sociopolitical Critiques
Foucault's Political Body in Medical Praxisp. 51
On the Body in Medical Self-Care and Holistic Medicinep. 69
Cultural and Historical Perspectives
A Confucian Perspective on Embodimentp. 87
Parted Bodies, Departed Souls: The Body in Ancient Medicine and Anatomyp. 101
Regional Studies
Specific Diseases
The Body in Multiple Sclerosis: A Patient's Perspectivep. 127
Psychosomatics, the Lived Body, and Anthropological Medicine: Concerning a Case of Atopic Dermatitisp. 139
The Body with AIDS: A Post-Structuralist Approachp. 155
Women's Bodies: Body Image, Size, and Objectification
Obesity, Objectification, and Identity: The Encounter with the Body as an Object in Obesityp. 179
Eating Disorders: The Feminist Challenge to the Concept of Pathologyp. 197
Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feelingp. 215
Coda/The Body of the Future
The Body of the Futurep. 233
Notes on Contributorsp. 251
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780792316572
ISBN-10: 0792316576
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 31st August 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.24