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Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine

The patient tells a story while the doctor listens. University of Chicago Press: This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. This must have been what impressed the American doctor who told me about the book.

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Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine by Andrzej Szczeklik

Yes, it is an elegant, interesting, gracefully written meditation on the mysteries of life and death, the blankness of suffering and extinction and the human desire to envelop those experiences with meaning and morality. The effect of a tragedy on an Athenian crowd was rather like the individual outcome sought by the Hippocratic practice of “cure by words.

The infant Cassandra and her brother Helenus were left in a sanctuary overnight. Szczeklik reminds us that thus came into the world Asclepius, the health-giver, the patron god of medicine. The body undergoes an experience akin to catharsis, ceases to be medical “goods” and is returned to us as a birthright truly ours.

In an enlightening foreword, Czeslaw Milosz, the Lithuanian-born Nobel Laureate in Literaturepraised Szczeklik as a learned physician with profound knowledge of the humanities and with a sensitivity to the moral limits that constrain the biomedical sciences. Moving between examples ancient and contemporary, mythological and scientific, Catharsis explores how medicine and art share common roots and pose common challenge.


Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. It is easy to think about medicine as being completely scientific, especially with the advent of “eviden I had no idea from the outside of this book what it was about. In this inspiring book, internationally renowned cardiologist Andrzej Szczeklik draws deeply on our humanistic heritage to describe the artistry and the mystery of being a doctor.

On the island of Cos, Hippocrates didn’t consult the oracle, but instead analyzed his patients. It is easy to think about medicine as being completely scientific, especially with the advent of “evidence-based medicine. In medicine, that feature is an encounter between two people—the patient and the doctor. Children were also brought into the temples. From this standpoint, the essence of medical practice is to listen to the body; this is what every human being does for herself, and is only secondarily the role of those sophisticated devices that perceive the body’s echo-in the literal sense: He writes about medicine in a historical perspective, with some conventional sentiments, and, it seems, for a Hesham rated it it was ok Dec 30, JakeMed rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Refresh and try again.

Paperbackpages. The ancient Greeks used the term catharsis for the cleansing of both the body by medicine and the soul by art.

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This way of referring back to the ancient world makes us think of the age-old continuity of the medical profession, which quite p In the forward to this book by the late, great poet Czeslaw Milosz, he writes “There is a mysterious connection between the human organism and some spiritual energies, thanks to which science alone cannot answer many of our questions about ourselves. Want to Read saving….


Coronis was unfaithful to Apollo, her husband, while pregnant with his child. Speculation on ways to slow aging through genetics, meanwhile, draws directly on the dream of immortality that artists and poets have nourished through the ages.

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It ezczeklik not until around Chapter 2 that it started to make sense, and to become an enjoyable read. So why shouldn’t a stick be found in the hand of Asclepius, the patron god of a profession rooted in magic?

Each night, the priest-doctor, dressed as Asclepius and attended by a snake and a retinue of servants, went from patient to patient in a procession remarkably like our time-honored ward rounds.

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Tragedy held up a terrifying mirror, in which man gazed upon his paradoxes and shortcomings-but, far from drowning him in meaninglessness, it relieved his mind of its burden. Marta rated it really liked it Jan 02, Drosselmeier rated it really liked it Aug 28, Speculation on ways to slow aging through genetics, meanwhile, draws directly on the dream of immortality that artists and poets have nourished through the ages.

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