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    DescriptionIn the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible. In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitudes -- in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.


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    Title
    Birth of the Clinic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michel Foucalt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679753346
    ISBN 10: 0679753346
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC21: 610.9
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 610.9
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 610/.9
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    LC classification: R133.F6913, R133 .F6913 1994
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, NH, MBX
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    01 May 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Learned [and] rewarding...The Birth of the Clinic continues [Foucault's] brilliant history, not of ideas as such, but of the of perception." -- The New York Times Book Review "The Birth of the Clinic attempts a minor revolution in medical-history writing.... Foucault's research is overwhelming and affords the reader considerable entertainment as well as insight."
    Back cover copy
    In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. In this book, the author charts a dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. His book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.
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    In the eighteenth century, medicine underwent a mutation. For the first time, medical knowledge took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped. Disease became subject to new rules of classification. And doctors begin to describe phenomena that for centuries had remained below the threshold of the visible and expressible. In The Birth of the Clinic the philosopher and intellectual historian who may be the true heir to Nietzsche charts this dramatic transformation of medical knowledge. As in his classic Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault shows how much what we think of as pure science owes to social and cultural attitudes -- in this case, to the climate of the French Revolution. Brilliant, provocative, and omnivorously learned, his book sheds new light on the origins of our current notions of health and sickness, life and death.