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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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A Transit Visa and a Promise

A Transit Visa and a Promise

82 A Transit Visa and a Promise
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

This chapter marks the journey of medicine from its transitional stage, to the present, opening ways to the golden future. It is technology and new natural sciences that made way for the field of medicine to receive the transit visa for the present with the promise of a golden future. The successes of this technology are applicable all over the world. The new medicine also received this transit visa because of a breathtaking production of successes of its own. These successes were also reality: unmistakable and above all interculturally evident. The factors included the increasingly detailed exact knowledge of the interior of the body and surgery, the knowledge of the pathogens and the successful struggle to control epidemics. The question is whether the old cage, which has providing security and stability to the field of medicine, can be placed parallel to the new cage.

Keywords:   medicine, transit visa, promise, transitional stage, technology

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