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The Medicalized Body and Anesthetic Culture

The Cadaver, the Memorial Body, and the Recovery of Lived Experience

Authors: Robbins, Brent

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  • Uses findings across fields of psychology and philosophy, representing a new wave of thinking called the "experiential revolution”
  • Integrates a wide variety of perspectives from across theoretical orientations and sub-fields of psychology
  • Synthesizes psychology existential and phenomenological philosophy, especially Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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This book examines how modern medicine’s mechanistic conception of the body has become a defense mechanism to cope with death anxiety. Robbins draws from research on the phenomenology of the body, the history of cadaver dissection, and empirical research in terror management theory to highlight how medical culture operates as an agent which promotes anesthetic consciousness as a habit of perception. In short, modern medicine’s comportment toward the cadaver promotes the suppression of the memory of the person who donated their body. This suppression of the memorial body comes at the price of concealing the lived, experiential body of patients in medical practice. Robbins argues that this style of coping has influenced Western culture and has helped to foster maladaptive patterns of perception associated with experiential avoidance, diminished empathy, death denial, and the dysregulation of emotion. 

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Brent Dean Robbins is Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He is former President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Medicalized Body and Anesthetic Culture
Book Subtitle
The Cadaver, the Memorial Body, and the Recovery of Lived Experience
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95356-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95356-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95355-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95930-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 345
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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