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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 Vision of Unity over All Diversity

A Vision of Unity over All Diversity

99 A Vision of Unity over All Diversity
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

The world of today is at the forefront of development. The past has shown that there is first a model image and then a body image. Now, the two images fit together like mirror images. The new image of the world and the new image of the body. The new body image comes with a new therapeutics: Evolutionary Medicine, which heals the wounds of age-old prejudice, inflicted because of racial, ethnic demarcations. The new body image and its medicine introduce a new mapping of mankind. Biological barriers have fallen. Cultural peculiarities are no longer a matter of deep concern. These building blocks of language, culture, religion, etc., are bearers of a future global culture, put on as a kind of roof timbering over the array of traditional regional cultures. If the vision lasts, then one can predict a long life for the societal acceptance and generous patronage of molecular biology.

Keywords:   model image, body image, building blocks, Evolutionary Medicine, biological barriers

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