Synopses & Reviews
Duden splendidly succeeds in recreating this submerged and secret world of female consciousness, and the ambiguous role of the physician in maintaining it. An important milestone. Roy Porter
While modern readers may be initially alienated by the way in which phenomena cited in Duden's profuse quotations from [Dr. Johannes Pelargiusi] Storch's journals conflict with contemporary 'certainties' about the body...her approach ultimately makes the desired point: the culturally contingent 'boundary that separates the body, and especially the body beneath the skin, from the world around it' likewise conditions contemporary understandings, not only of what is known about our bodies but also about how people in other times and places have 'imagined' their bodies. Wellcome Institute, London
In this provocative study, Barbara Duden asserts that the most basic biological and medical terms that we use to describe our own bodies--male and female, healthy or sick--are indeed cultural constructions. To illustrate this, Duden delves into the records of an eighteenth-century German physician who meticulously documented the medical histories of eighteen hundred women of all ages and backgrounds, often in their own words.
About the Author
Barbara Dudenhas been on the faculty of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at <>Pennsylvania State Universityand is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Studies, Essen, Germany.
Table of Contents
Toward a History of the Body
Johann Storch and Women's Complaints
Medical Practice in Eisenach
The Perception of the Body
Works by Johann Storch