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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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Manifold Experiences of the World

Manifold Experiences of the World

32 Manifold Experiences of the World
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

The era of Hellenism was the first shift in early Western history. The center of power moved and the power structure changed. European medicine had emerged and persisted. The incessant changes of place and structural framework made it very difficult to find an indisputable model image for a new view of the organism in the human body. Individual authors continually came up with new thoughts and suggested new hypotheses and they introduced new teachings into medicine that ensued from their entirely personal model images. Each of these authors created impulses and drew model images out of his own subconscious experience of the world to formulate new views of the organism. Each of these authors lived in a unique environment. Each of these authors had their own totally specific, subconscious ideas of harmony and crisis, of order and chaos and how one condition turns into the other. There was no longer any world experience uniting the majority of society as had been the case during the polis democracy.

Keywords:   European medicine, era of Hellenism, human body, polis democracy, ancient Greek medicine, real environment

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