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The Resource The medical imagination : literature and health in the early United States, Sari Altschuler

The medical imagination : literature and health in the early United States, Sari Altschuler

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The medical imagination : literature and health in the early United States
Title
The medical imagination
Title remainder
literature and health in the early United States
Statement of responsibility
Sari Altschuler
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1872, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Science does not know its debt to imagination," words that still ring true in the worlds of health and health care today. The checklists and clinical algorithms of modern medicine leave little space for imagination, and yet we depend on creativity and ingenuity for the advancement of medicine--to diagnose unusual conditions, to innovate treatment, and to make groundbreaking discoveries. We know a great deal about the empirical aspects of medicine, but we know far less about what the medical imagination is, what it does, how it works, or how we might train it. This book argues that this was not always so. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, doctors understood the imagination to be directly connected to health, intimately involved in healing, and central to medical discovery. In fact, for physicians and other health writers in the early United States, literature provided important forms for crafting, testing, and implementing theories of health. Reading and writing poetry trained judgment, cultivated inventiveness, sharpened observation, and supplied evidence for medical research, while novels and short stories offered new perspectives and sites for experimenting with original medical theories
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Cataloging source
PU/DLC
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Altschuler, Sari
Dewey number
810.9/356109033
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
LC call number
PS217.M44
LC item number
A45 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2018 I-608
  • WZ 330
Series statement
Early American studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and medicine
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Medical literature
  • Medical literature
  • American literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Medicine in Literature
  • History of Medicine
  • Epidemics
  • Literature, Modern
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • United States
  • American literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medical literature
  • Medicine
  • Medicine
  • United States
Label
The medical imagination : literature and health in the early United States, Sari Altschuler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Revolution -- Yellow fever -- Cholera -- Difference -- Anesthesia -- Humanistic inquiry in medicine, then and now
Control code
993134387
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780812249866
Lccn
2017028650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)993134387
Label
The medical imagination : literature and health in the early United States, Sari Altschuler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Revolution -- Yellow fever -- Cholera -- Difference -- Anesthesia -- Humanistic inquiry in medicine, then and now
Control code
993134387
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
301 pages
Isbn
9780812249866
Lccn
2017028650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)993134387

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