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The sick man in medical cosmology

March 31st, 2013

Episode 14 of 99 episodes

In 1976 the British sociologist Nicholas Jewson published a paper called The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology. As well as having a fabulous title, it describes the historical shifts in the way a patient is treated: from being a whole person to a set of organs to a collection of cells. The medical historian James Bradley reviews the significance of this thesis about bodies, disease and power.

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