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“Acquiers toy parfaicte cognoissance de l'aultre monde, qui est l'homme”: Rabelais, the history of medicine, and medical humanism

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Essays in French Literature and Culture, Volume: 58, Pages: 121 - 137

Swansea University Author: Alison Williams Orcid Logo

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Abstract

This essay aims to demonstrate how knowledge of the human body is acquired and displayed in François Rabelais’s medical practice, letters, scholarly editions, and fictional works. It recognises the importance of the human body in the fictional works, and focuses on how Rabelais uses his characters t...

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Published in: Essays in French Literature and Culture
ISSN: 1835-7040
Published: The University of Western Australia 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58416
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Abstract: This essay aims to demonstrate how knowledge of the human body is acquired and displayed in François Rabelais’s medical practice, letters, scholarly editions, and fictional works. It recognises the importance of the human body in the fictional works, and focuses on how Rabelais uses his characters to respond to controversies in Renaissance Europe over approaches to anatomy and pharmacognosy in different medical traditions . It also draws on evidence from his correspondence and from his editions of work by other scholars to show how for Rabelais, the ethos of medical humanism is one of tolerant, reasoned negotiation between disciplines, faiths, and eras, and that moderation is the foundation of health.
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Keywords: Rabelais – history of medicine – medical humanism – anatomy – pharmacology – Renaissance
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 121
End Page: 137