The Body in Medical Thought and Practice

  • Drew Leder

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Drew Leder
      Pages 1-12
  3. Theoretical Overviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Phenomenological Critiques

    3. Sociopolitical Critiques

    4. Cultural and Historical Perspectives

  4. Regional Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Specific Diseases

    3. Women’s Bodies: Body Image, Size, and Objectification

  5. The Body of the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Eric J. Cassell
      Pages 233-249
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-260

About this book


In the second half of the 20th century, the body has become a central theme of intellectual debate. How should we perceive the human body? Is it best understood biologically, experientially, culturally? How do social institutions exercise power over the body and determine norms of health and behavior? The answers arrived at by phenomenologists, social theorists, and feminists have radically challenged our cenventional notions of the body dating back to 17th century Cartesian thought.
This is the first volume to systematically explore the range of contemporary thought concerning the body and draw out its crucial implications for medicine. Its authors suggest that many of the problems often found in modern medicine -- dehumanized treatment, overspecialization, neglect of the mind's healing resources -- are directly traceable to medicine's outmoded concepts of the body. New and exciting alternatives are proposed by some of the foremost physicians and philosophers working in the medical humanities today.


20th century body concept eros health

Editors and affiliations

  • Drew Leder
    • 1
  1. 1.Loyola College in MarylandBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4140-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7924-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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