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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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The Division of the Elite

The Division of the Elite

15 The Division of the Elite
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on a radical breakthrough into the knowledge of new medicine. It happened in antiquity, when technical media were still quite limited. All body processes had to be visible from the outside by looking at color changes of the skin or tongue, by smelling odors of the body or mouth, by listening to the pitch of the voice, or by feeling the pulse. Only the patient had the opportunity to look inside himself or herself and could communicate feelings spontaneously or at the request of an observer. Medical imaging allows for the observing of the live functioning of a heart valve, on a monitor. One can accurately depict details of cell division and many other processes. But even today, the most fundamental level of the causality of many changes remains hidden from view. People have developed completely different views on new medicine despite having the same object of study, such as the healthy or sick person.

Keywords:   new medicine, technical media, feeling the pulse, medical imaging, cell division, expressive power of the body

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