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A Doctor’s Dictionary : Writings on Culture and Medicine

Bamforth, Iain
Format: Paperback
Publisher: CARCANET PRESS LTD (Lintott Press)
Published: August 27, 2015
ISBN: 9781784100568
328 pages

£16.99

In this pithy abecedarium, doctor and poet Iain Bamforth takes a close look at the conflict of values embodied in what we call medicine – never entirely a science and no longer quite the art it used to be. Bamforth brings his wide experience of medicine around the world, from the high-tech American Hospital of Paris to the community health centres of Papua, together with his engaging interest in the stranger manifestations of medical matters in relation to art, literature and culture – such as the mysterious ‘Stendhal’s syndrome’, which caused 106 tourists in Florence to be hospitalised due to an overload of sublime Renaissance art.

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