Recent developments in the intellectual history of medicine: A special issue of the journal of the history of medicine

Beccalossi, Chiara and Cryle, Peter (2012) Recent developments in the intellectual history of medicine: A special issue of the journal of the history of medicine. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 67 1: 1-6. doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrr020


Author Beccalossi, Chiara
Cryle, Peter
Title Recent developments in the intellectual history of medicine: A special issue of the journal of the history of medicine
Journal name Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5045
1468-4373
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1093/jhmas/jrr020
Volume 67
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract The history of medicine is probably best thought of as a wide range of different types of inquiry, rather than a single, well-defined field. It can involve, among other things, the history of institutions, technologies, and outstanding individuals. The articles gathered in this special issue are offered specifically as contributions to the intellectual history of medicine. Each shows, in its own way, how a particular disorder became conceptualized or how a particular set of difficulties was made into a topic of debate. Inquiry of this kind is not quite the same thing as a history of ideas—if by the latter one understands only the study of ideas as they traverse medical writing—since our concern is not with major ideas in the field of medicine, as such. One of our working assumptions is that intellectual history ought to be no grander an enterprise than social history at its most focused, or cultural history at its most closely bounded. We will simply examine ways of thinking that prevailed at given points in history, indicating the material consequences to which they gave rise. By seeking to articulate thought, writing, and professional practice, we are responding to the challenge Michel Foucault laid down for historians. But the histories offered here are not “Foucauldian” in the manner of histories that focus primarily on articulating epistemic “rupture” and unprecedented conceptual “invention.” The point of our contributions is to examine the contexts in which new kinds of thinking emerged gradually, and often unevenly. We seek, as Foucault did at his best, to highlight the circumstantial nature of thought and the intellectually productive nature of circumstance.
Keyword Acclimatization
Hypnosis
Intellectual history
Medicine
Sexuality
Shell shock
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online: July 1, 2011

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