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The comparable body : analogy and metaphor in ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman medicine

Author: John Z Wee
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017]
Series: Studies in ancient medicine, v. v. 49.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Comparable Body - Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine' explores how analogy and metaphor illuminate and shape conceptions about the human body and disease, through 11 case studies from ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman medicine. Topics address the role of analogy and metaphor as features of medical culture and theory, while questioning their naturalness  Read more...
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Comparable body.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017]
(DLC) 2017047300
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Z Wee
ISBN: 9789004356764 9004356762
OCLC Number: 1005775401
Description: xix, 437 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Studies in ancient medicine, v. v. 49.
Responsibility: edited by John Z. Wee.

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The Comparable Body - Analogy and Metaphor in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman Medicine' explores how analogy and metaphor illuminate and shape conceptions about the human body and disease, through 11 case studies from ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman medicine. Topics address the role of analogy and metaphor as features of medical culture and theory, while questioning their naturalness and inevitability, their indeterminate limits, their situation between the descriptive and the prescriptive, and complexities in their portrayal as a mutually intelligible medium for communication and consensus among healers and patients. Common assumptions about metaphor as the mapping of characteristics from one domain to another may be found inadequate and requiring nuance, particularly as ideas and expressions from different domains become incorporated as part of technical and professional language.

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