The book Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine, Andrzej Szczeklik is published by University of Chicago Press. Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine by Andrzej Szczeklik, MD . revealed the world inside us in his monumental work De Humani Corporis Fabrica, seven volumes. Buy Catharsis from Dymocks online BookStore. Find latest reader reviews and much more at Dymocks.

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A real gem, this book is highly recommended. Szczeklik is in tune with them.

Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine by Andrzej Szczeklik

The patient tells a story while the doctor listens. Alchemy was regarded as a sacred science whose irresistible attraction captivated Sir Isaac Newton. Szczeklik’s aim is to break down traditional boundaries.

Catharsis regales the reader with persuasive parallels: To diagnose illness, doctors rely on clinical manifestations, not causes. The doctor’s conversation with the patient is an interview designed to gather information—information about illness—a process that has been referred to as anamnesisa Platonic reference to the vital means of gaining knowledge.

Interestingly, recent data from developmental biology have called into question this most established of physiological and cultural dogmas. He shifts gears effortlessly between the known and the mysterious.

Joseph Perloff American Journal of Cardiology. Pola Borkiewicz rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Drosselmeier rated it really liked it Aug 28, Alterations and Returns Notes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

However, of the many rhythms inside us, the heartbeat is the one we most care about because it has been considered the hallmark of life. Art and science are woven into a seamless fabric that dissolves traditional boundaries. Open in a separate window. Moving between examples ancient and contemporary, mythological and scientific, Catharsis explores how medicine and art share common roots catsrsis pose common challenges. Entropia rated it really liked it Nov 27, I was intrigued by one of the book’s guiding threads, an exquisitely drawn comparison ee a patient’s description of her symptoms and Plato’s path of knowledge.


The book provides contemporary physicians with access to humanistic sources that are the wellspring of their profession and provides humanists with biomedical sources to andzrej they have unwittingly but materially contributed.

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Szczeklik]is right to use the word katharsis, or purification, and go back to ancient Greek drama. The stick of Asclepius is entwined by one snake.

The unfailing necessity of the heartbeat is one of the few dogmas that enjoy equal popularity among both cardiovascular physiologists and the lay public. Marta rated it really liked it Mar 28, A very thought-provoking book, which combines both aspects of modern medicine and Greek mythology, showing the deep roots of the medical world.

Classical Studies Literature and Literary Criticism: 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. He admits that it is a skill derived from magic and that it is actually hard to define, because elements of both science and art are inseparably combined within it.

The snake caught man in its spell, and man took snakes into his world of charms. 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.

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.

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When Alexander the Great was seriously ill, doctors did not dare treat him for fear of losing their lives if he were to die. Hans Holbein used as his model a corpse borrowed from the city guard in order to render the remarkable life-size rendition of Christ lying on his back tortured to death. For Plato, to know is to remember; for the physician, nothing holds more value for the curative enterprise than what only the patient can recount: How might Asclepius have reacted to the practice of resuscitating the dead by restoring life to victims of sudden cardiac death?

Doctor Szczeklik, an internationally renowned cardiologist who pioneered resuscitation units in his native Krakow, is of course keenly aware of the latest developments in medical science and technology, and they are referenced all throughout his text.

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A special lucidity burns in this man, who is now Renowned Polish cardiologist Szczeklik ponders the state of medicine A music enthusiast, Szczeklik catarsie constant connections between medicine and music. He approaches the questions of pain, suffering and death that confront the doctor daily and that the world regards as “terrible, futile and destructive”.

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