The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology, 1770-1870

  title={The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology, 1770-1870},
  author={N. D. Jewson},
  pages={225 - 244}
  • N. Jewson
  • Published 1 May 1976
  • Medicine
  • Sociology
The sick-man may be said to have disappeared from medical cosmology in two related senses during the period 1770-1870. Firstly, as control over the means of production of medical knowledge shifted away from the sick towards medical investigators the universe of discourse of medical theory changed from that of an integrated conception of the whole person to that of a network of bonds between microscopical particles. Secondly, as control over the occupational group of medical investigators was… 
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