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The Normal and the Pathological
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The Normal and the Pathological is one of the crucial contributions to the history of science in the last half century. Canguilhem analyzes the radically new way in which health and disease were defined in the early nineteenth century, showing that the emerging categories of the normal and the pathological were far from being objective scientific concepts. He demonstrates how the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine were intertwined with political, economic, and technological imperatives.
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Part 1 Essay on some problems concerning the normal and the pathological: is the pathological state merely a quantitative modification of the normal state? - introduction to the problem - Auguste Compte and "Broussais's Principle" - Claude Bernard and experimental pathology - the conceptions of Rene Leriche - implications of a theory; do sciences of the normal and the pathological exist? - introduction to the problem - a critical examination of certain concepts - norm and average - disease, cure, health - physiology and pathology - conclusion. Part 2 New reflections on the normal and the pathological: twenty years later; from the social to the vital; on organic norms in Man; a new concept in pathology - error; epilogue.

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"A brilliant and stimulating book." Howard L. Laye , Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Georges Canguilhem is Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne and former director of the Institut d'Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques de l'Universite de Paris. His works include La Connaissance de la Vie, Ideology and Rationality in the History of the Life Sciences, and The Normal and the Pathological. Michel Foucault (1926--84) is widely considered to be one of the most influential academic voices of the twentieth century and has proven influential across disciplines.

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A brilliant and stimulating book. -- Howard L. Laye * Journal of Interdisciplinary History * A brilliant and stimulating book. -- Howard L. Laye, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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