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Diagnosing the Eleven Month Pregnancy: Some Aspects of Moral and Cultural Foundations in Medical Judgment

  • Hans-Martin Sass
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 40)

Abstract

François Rabelais (1483–1553), Professor of Medicine at the prestigious Université de Montpellier in 1537, had a literary offspring named Gargantua. Gargantua was born in Lyon, after gestationing eleven months, in the fourth chapter of Dr. Rabelais’s “Vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père du Pantagruel” ([16],[21]). The eleven month pregnancy provided Gargantua with a long and adventurous life in four subsequent volumes; and he is still very much alive in the history of ideas.

Keywords

Brain Death Interactive Expert Medical Judgment Cultural Risk Diagnose Brain Death 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Martin Sass
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Philosophie Ruhr-Universität BochunBochumGermany
  2. 2.Georgetown UniversityWashington D.C.USA

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