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Fiber, Medicine, and Culture in the British Enlightenment
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Fiber, Medicine, and Culture in the British Enlightenment (Hardback)

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This book provides a full account of the concept of fiber and fiber theory in eighteenth-century British medicine. It explores the pivotal role fiber played as a defining, underlying concept in anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutics, psychology, and the life sciences. With the gradual demise of ancient humoralism, the solid fibers appeared on the medical scene both as the basic building unit of the body and as a dynamic agent of life. As such, fiber stands at the heart of eighteenth-century medicine, both iatromechanism and iatro-vitalism. Touching on the cultural aspects of fiber, the Baroque, and the culture of sensibility, this book also challenges the widely held assumption that the eighteenth century was the age of the nerve and instead offers an alternative model of fiber.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHistory of medicinePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 18/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9781137580924  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hisao Ishizuka is Professor in the Department of English at Senshu University, Japan. He is widely published in journals including Medical History, History of Science and Literature and Medicine.

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