Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine

Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine

by Andrzej Szczeklik
     
 

"The ancient Greeks used the term catharsis for the cleansing of both the body by medicine and the soul by art. In this inspiring book, internationally renowned cardiologist Andrzej Szczeklik draws deeply on our humanistic heritage to describe the artistry and the mystery of being a doctor. Moving between examples both ancient and contemporary, both mythological and… See more details below

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"The ancient Greeks used the term catharsis for the cleansing of both the body by medicine and the soul by art. In this inspiring book, internationally renowned cardiologist Andrzej Szczeklik draws deeply on our humanistic heritage to describe the artistry and the mystery of being a doctor. Moving between examples both ancient and contemporary, both mythological and scientific, Catharsis explores how medicine and art share common roots and pose common challenges." The process of diagnosis, for instance, belongs to a world of magic and metaphor; the physician must embrace it like a poem or painting, with particular alertness and keen receptivity. Speculation on ways to slow aging through genetics, meanwhile, draws directly on the dream of immortality that artists and poets have nourished through the ages. And the concept of catharsis itself has made its way from the writings of Aristotle to today's growing interest in the benefits of music to health, especially in newborns. As Szczeklik explores such subjects as the mysteries of heart rhythm, the secret history of pain relief, the enigmatic logic of epidemics, near-death or out-of-body experiences, and many more, he skillfully waves together classical literature, the history of medicine, and moving anecdotes from his own clinical experiences. The result is a truly life-affirming book that will enrich the healing work of patients and doctors alike and make an invaluable contribution to our still-expanding vision of the art of medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226788685
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
174
Sales rank:
1,345,304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Ribbons1
2Constellations9
3The elixir of life21
4A tangle of serpents33
5In between art and science42
6The rhythm of the heart55
7A purifying power68
8Suffering79
9Exitus90
10Chimera103
11After the genome114
12Alterations and returns131

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