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The ancient Greeks used the term catharsis for the cleansing of both the body by medicine and the soul by art. 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. Moving between examples ancient and contemporary, mythological and scientific, Catharsis explores how medicine and art share common roots and pose common challenge. As Szczeklik explores such subjects as the mysteries of the heart rhythm, the secret history of pain relief, the enigmatic logic of epidemics, near-death or out-of-body experiences, and many more, he skillfully weaves together classical literature, the history of medicine, and moving anecdotes from his own clinical experiences. The result is a life-affirming book that will enrich the healing work of patients and doctors alike and make an invaluable contribution to our still-expanding vision of the art of medicine. a€œDrawing on mathematical ideas, physics, music, mythology, clinical science and clinical practice, Szczeklik never forces the issues or compels. . . . He approaches the questions of pain, suffering and death that confront the doctor daily and that the world regards as a€˜terrible, futile, and destructive.a€™ Here he stresses the immense value of the experienced doctor in helping patients in the loneliness of pain.a€a€”Niall O'Higgins, Times Higher Education Supplementtists to obtain stem cells in the research units which it finances (which would result in the destruction of an embryo), private ... The border crossed by Asclepius , whose penalty was to be struck down by a thunderbolt, really does exist, however hard it is for our eyes to see. ... It has been called the Bible of creation, the Book of Man, a recipe for life, the manual of evolution, naturea#39;s code, the Holy Grail, and theanbsp;...

Author: Andrzej Szczeklik, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Czeslaw Milosz
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2007-05-15

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