Performing Neurology: The Dramaturgy of Dr Jean-Martin by Jonathan W. Marshall

By Jonathan W. Marshall

This textual content presents a learn of Jean-Martin Charcot, a founding determine within the historical past of neurology as a self-discipline and a colleague of Sigmund Freud. It argues that Charcot’s diagnostic and pedagogic versions, explaining either how illness is well-known and defined and the way to educate the act of neurological prognosis, could be thought of via a theatrical lens. contemplating the structure of the dwelling, relocating physique when it comes to functionality, Charcot created a state of affairs wherein the road among misleading performing and genuine pathology, medical accuracy and artistic falsehood, and certainly among health and wellbeing and unhealth, turns into blurred. The healthcare professional turns into a clinical topic in his or her personal show, remodeling medication right into a most likely destabilizing, even grand guignolesque, discourse. supplying a special perception into Charcot’s paintings, his recommendations and his tools, this article represents a special and interdisciplinary research slicing around the fields of paintings and neurology.

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