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The Body in Medical Thought and Practice

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Part of the book series: Philosophy and Medicine (PHME, volume 43)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Drew Leder
      Pages 1-12
  3. Theoretical Overviews

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Phenomenological Critiques

      1. Why Aren’t More Doctors Phenomenologists?
        • Richard J. Baron
        Pages 37-47
    3. Sociopolitical Critiques

      1. Foucault’s Political Body in Medical Praxis
        • Carole Spitzack
        Pages 51-68
    4. Cultural and Historical Perspectives

      1. A Confucian Perspective on Embodiment
        • Tu Wei-Ming
        Pages 87-100
  4. Regional Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. Specific Diseases

      1. Psychosomatics, The Lived Body, and Anthropological Medicine: Concerning a Case of Atopic Dermatitis
        • Georg Northoff, Michael Alan Schwartz, Osborne P. Wiggins
        Pages 139-154
      2. The Body with AIDS: A Post-Structuralist Approach
        • Julien S. Murphy
        Pages 155-176
    3. Women’s Bodies: Body Image, Size, and Objectification

      1. Breasted Experience: The Look and the Feeling
        • Iris Marion Young
        Pages 215-230
  5. The Body of the Future

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. The Body of the Future

      • Eric J. Cassell
      Pages 233-249
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 251-260

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • 20th century
  • body
  • concept
  • eros
  • health

Editors and Affiliations

  • Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, USA

    Drew Leder

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eBook USD 89.00
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