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Towards a Medical Aesthetic and its Performative Nature

Authors
  • Enghelberg, Moises1
  • 1 Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York, Harlem, NY, USA , Harlem (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Medical Humanities
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Sep 25, 2014
Volume
35
Issue
4
Pages
439–441
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-014-9307-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Beyond the techniques and instruments it employs, medicine has an intrinsic value that enables it to be interpretative, dramatic, and above all, real. In this essay, the aesthetic that emerges through the medical examination is thoroughly discussed. The piece deconstructs the qualities of the medical examination in a manner that facilitates medical practice to be perceived as an art form. The signifiers found in a medical diagnosis and its aesthetic consequences are reviewed. The nature of the diagnosis positions medical practice as a dramatic art.

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