Menschenbilder – Gesundheitsbilder: Beispiele ihres Verhältnisses aus der Antike und deren Bedeutung für die Gegenwart

  • Concepts of Man – Concepts of Health: A Glimpse of Their Relationship in Antiquity With Relevance to Our Day and Age. Referring to ancient miraculous healing narratives, this article argues that concepts of health are inextricably intertwined with concepts of man. However, the relatively autonomous idea of medical treatments based on scientific reasoning is not an invention of modern secularization. It already existed in antiquity – even among people of faith. Gods and other religious authorities were regarded as mediating factors; they were not held responsible for diseases or cures. Examples from Christian and pagan traditions show that the interplay between ideas of man and concepts of health were extremely complex and diverse. Obviously, this was true already in antiquity – but it is even more evident in the present. Dualistic confrontations (e. g., pre-modern versus modern times, pre-scientific healing vs. academic medicine) are of little help to achieve universal health care and global health.

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Author:Christoph Markschies
Parent Title (German):Was ist Gesundheit? : Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus Medizin, Geschichte und Kultur
Publisher:De Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin, Boston
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2021/10/25
Publishing Institution:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Release Date:2022/01/28
GND Keyword:Antike; Arzt; Christentum; Laienmedizin; Religion; Ritual; Seele; Seelsorge; Wunder
First Page:82
Last Page:94
Institutes:BBAW / Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Zukunft der Medizin: "Gesundheit für alle"
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 21 Religionsphilosophie, Religionstheorie / 210 Religionsphilosophie, Religionstheorie
2 Religion / 24 Christliche Erfahrung, christliches Leben / 240 Christliche Ethik, spirituelle Theologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 94 Geschichte Europas / 940 Geschichte Europas
Schriftenreihen in Einzelbeiträgen:BBAW / Schriftenreihen / Humanprojekt : interdisziplinäre Anthropologie / Band 18 : Was ist Gesundheit? : interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus Medizin, Geschichte und Kultur
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-SA - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International