The conception of human person and body in medicine has received more attention recently. Instead of a pure theoretical analysis, this study, utilizing in-depth interviews with medical students, discloses medical students' perceptions and experiences as they encounter the human body in cadaver dissection course, and further examines the ways in which the notion of human body has been constructed and practiced in modern medicine. I contend that the students’ oscillations between lived body and physical body, spirit and matter, present and past, life and death, medical objectivity and humanitarian values which emerged in the gross anatomy laboratory lead us to thematize the inadequacy of mind-body dualism and mechanistic conception of body. Moreover, I draw on the analysis of embodiment developed by Richard Zaner and others and the phenomenological notion of Körper and Leib to elaborate the multiple senses of human body and the students' ambivalence of perceiving the cadaver. Finally, I conclude that the epistemological problem of modern medicine should be addressed through the philosophical reflection on body, which enables us to better understand the difficulties facing medical education and clinical ethics.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Conception of Life and Body in Modern Medicine: Reflections on Medical Students’ Encounters with Cadavers in Gross Anatomy|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|State||Published - 1 Jun 2017|
- gross anatomy
- medical education