Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and by James Aho, Kevin Aho

By James Aho, Kevin Aho

Written in a jargon-free method, physique issues offers a transparent and available phenomenological critique of middle assumptions in mainstream biomedicine and explores ways that healthiness and affliction are skilled and interpreted otherwise in a variety of socio-historical occasions. by means of drawing at the disciplines of literature, cultural anthropology, sociology, clinical heritage, and philosophy, the authors try to dismantle universal presuppositions now we have approximately human afflictions and consider how the tools of phenomenology open up new how you can interpret the physique and to re-envision treatment.

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The enthusiastic reception of Beard’s observations by Europeans, including Sigmund Freud, who incorporated them into his Civilization and Its Discontents, suggested that neurasthenia was not a uniquely American experience. On the contrary, it seemed to comport with what Simmel and other European sociologists like Ferdinand Tönnies were already saying (Tönnies, 1957). Whether it was New York, Berlin, Paris, or London, industrialized urbanization was producing a new way of being in the world, one radically different from the slow tempo of the rural community (Shorter, 1997, 130).

Kung Bushman takes pride in only working two and a half days per week; the Sandwich 33 34 / Chapter 3 Islanders work no more than four hours a day (Levine, 1997, 10; Levine, 2005, 355–70). In terms of our own European history, Thomas Anderson writes that in Medieval Europe, holidays, holy days, took up one-third of the year in England, almost five months of the year in Spain— even for peasants. Although work was from sunrise to sunset, it was casual, able to be interrupted for a chat with a friend, a long lunch, a visit to the pub or the fishing hole—none of which a modern factory office worker dare.

After repeated spoonfuls, Marette’s immune system learned to 22 / Chapter 2 associate the steroids with the placebo so that, like Pavlov’s salivating dog, sipping the placebo itself came to generate the same medicinal effect as the steroids. Because the “mind is in the cell,” the narrator rather poetically concludes, Marette’s mind and body were able “talk” to each other. Whether the same “conversation” would occur were the placebo administered by someone other than a lab-coated professional is an open question.

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