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The Physical and the Moral: Anthropology, Physiology and Philosophical Medicine in France, 1750-1850

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This book explores the tradition of the 'science of man' in French medicine of the era 1750-1850, focusing on controversies about the nature of the 'physical-moral' relation and their effects on the role of medicine in French society. Its chief purpose is to recover the history of a holistic tradition in French medicine that has been neglected because it lay outside the mainstream themes of modern medicine, which include experimental, reductionist, and localistic conceptions of health and disease. Professor Williams also challenges existing historiography, which argues that the 'anthropological' approach to medicine was a short-term by-product of the leftist politics of the French Revolution. This work argues instead that the medical science of man long outlived the Revolution, that it spanned traditional ideological divisions, and that it reflected the shared aim of French physicians, whatever their politics, to claim broad cultural authority in French society.

Internally clean and bright, apart from a small mark on page 20. Minor creasing to some page corners and interior front and back flaps of dust jacket. Shelf wear to cover.

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Author(s):
Williams, Elizabeth A.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521430674
ISBN-13:
9780521430678
Number of pages:
281
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Physical and the Moral: Anthropology, Physiology and Philosophical Medicine in France, 1750-1850

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This book explores the tradition of the 'science of man' in French medicine of the era 1750-1850, focusing on controversies about the nature of the 'physical-moral' relation and their effects on the role of medicine in French society. Its chief purpose is to recover the history of a holistic tradition in French medicine that has been neglected because it lay outside the mainstream themes of modern medicine, which include experimental, reductionist, and localistic conceptions of health and disease. Professor Williams also challenges existing historiography, which argues that the 'anthropological' approach to medicine was a short-term by-product of the leftist politics of the French Revolution. This work argues instead that the medical science of man long outlived the Revolution, that it spanned traditional ideological divisions, and that it reflected the shared aim of French physicians, whatever their politics, to claim broad cultural authority in French society.

Internally clean and bright, apart from a small mark on page 20. Minor creasing to some page corners and interior front and back flaps of dust jacket. Shelf wear to cover.

Author(s):
Williams, Elizabeth A.
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1994
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521430674
ISBN-13:
9780521430678
Number of pages:
281
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Physical and the Moral: Anthropology, Physiology and Philosophical Medicine in France, 1750-1850

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