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

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

by Elizabeth A. Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521524628

ISBN-13: 9780521524629

Pub. Date: 08/08/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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 holds 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521524629
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Montpellier vitalism and the science of man; 2. Anthropological medicine and the medical revolution; 3. Medical politics under the restoration: the fragmentation of the science of man; 4. Decline and dispersal: the science of man, 1830–48; Epilogue; Index.

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