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Fiber, Medicine, and Culture in the British Enlightenment

Authors: Ishizuka, Hisao

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  • Provides a full account of the concept of fiber and fiber theory in eighteenth-century British medicine. 
  • Offers an innovative look at the ways the body was no longer seen as an amalgam of the four humors but was believed to be woven of the solid fibers.
  • Challenges the widely held assumption that the eighteenth century was the age of the nerve and instead offers an alternative model of fiber.
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This book provides a full account of the concept of fiber and fiber theory in eighteenth-century British medicine. It explores the pivotal role fiber played as a defining, underlying concept in anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutics, psychology, and the life sciences. With the gradual demise of ancient humoralism, the solid fibers appeared on the medical scene both as the basic building unit of the body and as a dynamic agent of life. As such, fiber stands at the heart of eighteenth-century medicine, both iatromechanism and iatro-vitalism. Touching on the cultural aspects of fiber, the Baroque, and the culture of sensibility, this book also challenges the widely held assumption that the eighteenth century was the age of the nerve and instead offers an alternative model of fiber.

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Hisao Ishizuka is Professor in the Department of English at Senshu University, Japan. He is widely published in journals including Medical History, History of Science and Literature and Medicine.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fiber, Medicine, and Culture in the British Enlightenment
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-93268-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-93268-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58092-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-93270-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 276
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