Medicine and the Five Sensesby W. F. Bynum
Pub. Date: 03/17/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
From the days of Hippocratic 'bedside medicine' to the advent of the CAT scanner, doctors have always relied on their senses in diagnosing and treating disease. Medical education, from the apprenticeship, to the rise of the laboratory, has sought to train the senses of students who must act like medical detectives. At the same time, debate since antiquity has… See more details below
From the days of Hippocratic 'bedside medicine' to the advent of the CAT scanner, doctors have always relied on their senses in diagnosing and treating disease. Medical education, from the apprenticeship, to the rise of the laboratory, has sought to train the senses of students who must act like medical detectives. At the same time, debate since antiquity has pondered the hierarchy of the senses - from noble vision to baser touch and smell. From the rise of medical and, particularly, anatomical illustration in the Renaissance, doctors have been concerned about the relationship between image and reality. This richly-illustrated collection of essays explores many facets of these themes. They range widely over time and space and shed much new light on medical perceptions and the cultural dimensions of the healing arts.
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Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Galen at the bedside: the methods of a medical detective Vivian Nutton; 2. Sensory perception and its metaphors in the time of Richard of Fournival Elizabeth Sears; 3. The manifest and the hidden in the Renaissance clinic Jerome Bylebyl; 4. In bad odour: smell and its significance in medicine from antiquity to the seventeenth century Richard Palmer; 5. Seeing and believing: contrasting attitudes towards observational anatomy among French Galenists in the first half of the seventeenth century Laurence Brockliss; 6. 'The mark of truth': looking and learning in some anatomical illustrations from the Renaissance and eighteenth century Martin Kemp; 7. The art and science of seeing in medicine: physiognomy 1780–1820 Ludmilla Jordanova; 8. The introduction of percussion and stethoscopy to early nineteenth-century Edinburgh Malcolm Nicolson; 9. Educating the senses: students, teachers and medical rhetoric in eighteenth-century London Susan C. Lawrence; 10. The rise of physical examination Roy Porter; 11. Touch, sexuality and disease Sander Gilman; 12. Sense and sensibility in late nineteenth-century surgery in America Gert Brieger; 13. Training the senses, training the mind Merriley Borell; 14. Technology and the use of the senses in twentieth-century medicine Stanley J. Reiser; Notes; Index.
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