Illness, mental and physical

Determining the origin of health, suffering, and pain as concepts may be futile, but death is prehistoric. Whether we have always thought that that we died of this or that is a different question. The causal logic of disease is not necessarily a universal given. Key old texts reference disease, whether it’s Revelations 6:8, the […]

Disease and what a body can do

Oil painting depicting Claude Bernard, the father of modern physiology, with his pupils.

I’m in the midst of reading Georges Canguilhem’s The Normal and the Pathological, and thus far the book is a fascinating reading of the history of pathology and physiology. Canguilhem cites copiously from the French physiologist René Leriche as he traces the understanding of pathology as informing physiology, rather than physiology determining pathology by way […]

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