Un-forgetting Asclepius: An Erotics of Illness

  title={Un-forgetting Asclepius: An Erotics of Illness},
  author={David B Morris},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={419 - 441}
  • D. B. Morris
  • Published 17 December 2007
  • Art
  • New Literary History
Theorist Georges Bataille asserts that while sex is common to all animals, only humankind turns sexual activity into erotic activity. Professional medicine today is situated in a space remote from erotic experience. Especially because doctors openly deny that eros and desire hold any relevance to illness, a denial echoed by patients who learn to repeat what doctors believe, it is important to explore a contradictory argument (with its strong supporting evidence) holding that illness and… 

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