The Birth Of The Clinic
  • The Birth Of The Clinic
  • The Birth Of The Clinic
  • The Birth Of The Clinic
ISBN: 0679753346
EAN13: 9780679753346
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 29, 1994
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible.
In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitudes -- in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.

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