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The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities$
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Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton, Jennifer Richards, Anne Whitehead, and Angela Woods

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400046

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400046.001.0001

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Afterword: The Body and The Senses

Afterword: The Body and The Senses

(p.325) 18 Afterword: The Body and The Senses
The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities

Jo Winning

Edinburgh University Press

What IS a body? What are its boundaries and its contours? Can we ever really know the body in its entirety, or only ever in its parts? How do we come to know the body through the senses? And what does it mean to be a body and to encounter the body of the Other? Such questions resonate across the divide between the domains of philosophical and critical thought and clinical medicine, as likely to be asked by a doctor as by a humanities scholar. Yet the answers either might give would be spoken in radically different locations, utilise separate vocabularies and registers, and draw on distinct paradigms and histories, suggesting that there is no way to talk across these different domains. It is one of the key tasks of the critical medical humanities to establish a transdisciplinary dialogue across this divide, offering clinical medicine new terms and concepts to strengthen its ongoing dealings with the human body. An initial entry point into the drama and complexity of the questions

Keywords:   Body, Senses, Biomedicine

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