A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge

A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge

A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge

A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge

Synopsis

Medical texts provide a powerful means of accessing contemporary perceptions of illness and through them assumptions about the nature of the body and identity. By mapping these perceptions, from their 19th century focus on illness located in a biological body through to their 'discovery' of the psycho-social patient of the late 20th century, a history of identity, both physical and psychological, is revealed.
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