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2005_09_29rev - Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses...

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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses Thursday, 29 September 2005 Reading Jerome Bylebyl, “The Manifest and the Hidden in the Renaissance Clinic,” in Medicine and the Five Senses , pp. 40-60. Richard Palmer, “In Bad Odour: Smell and Its Significance in Medicine from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century,” in Medicine and the Five Senses , pp. 61-68. Roy Porter, “The Rise of Physical Examination,” in Medicine and the Five Senses , pp. 179- 197. Aside: Complementary and alternative medicines are globalizing (e.g. acupuncture, reiki, ayurveda). Certain types of knowledge are being commodified and marketed. Galen was a rationalist , starting with abstract principles and from there understanding society. Hippocrates was an empiricist , examining material evidence first and then deriving abstract principles from the data. DeMonte (who was the earliest physician whose interactions with patients were recorded) was a Galenist – humoral theory with universal concepts of the humors, e.g. there were 7 humors by which you understood the body’s pathways – the emphasis was on analysis and not just rote memorization. He combined teaching with bedside consultation . We are exploring the senses from the perspective of embodiment and seeing how the emphasis on certain sensory modes influence methodology, how the body is seen and sensed. The method of clinical diagnosis is influenced by styles of thinking and communication , e.g. verbal history in lieu of touch used to diagnose the patient.
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