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Kore : on sickness, the sick, and the search for the soul of medicine /
Andrzej Szczeklik ; introduction by Adam Zagajewski ; afterword by John Martin ; translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
imprint
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2012.
description
x, 320 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
161902019X (hardback : alk. paper), 9781619020191 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2012.
isbn
161902019X (hardback : alk. paper)
9781619020191 (hardback : alk. paper)
general note
Translation of: Kore : o chorych, chorobach i poszukiwaniu duszy medycyny.
abstract
"There is a grand tradition of physicians who are also great writers and philosophers. From Copernicus and Paracelsus, to Chekov, Osler and Frankl. And most recently Sherwin Nuland and Oliver Sacks have gained broad readerships and made huge contributions to the way we think and the way we live our lives. Andrzej Szczeklik is entirely worthy to join their company. When his first book, Catharsis, was published in English, critics from Seamus Heaney to Czeslaw Milosz stood to applaud. Now he has followed with an ever deeper and more accomplished book.It has become unfortunately rare for a scientist or doctor to find his grounding in a broad understanding of literature and the humanities. But in Kore, the author insists that only with a curiosity thoroughly at home in both worlds can one expect to discover what we should mean about sickness and about the soul. No tedious academic, Szczeklik writes with the grace of a poet and the ease of a fine storyteller. Anecdotes drawn from a personal immersion in art, music, and literature are woven with reports on experimental medicine and daily clinical experience. From DNA and the re-creation of the Spanish Flu virus, to contemporary research in genetics, cancer, neurology, and the AIDS virus, from "Symptoms and Shadows," to "Dying and Death," to "Enchantment of Love," every chapter of this book is alive and engaging. The result is a life-affirming work of science, philosophy, art, and spirituality"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
8822398
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-06-01:
Szczeklik (deceased; former chair, Dept. of Medicine, Jagiellonian Univ., Poland) received numerous honors and awards for his scientific and medical research. In addition to authoring or coauthoring hundreds of articles and several medical textbooks, he left the world two volumes of essays: Catharsis (CH, Apr'06, 43-4701) and Kore. Szczeklik has woven a rich tapestry of wise and humane reflections that cover an array of topics ranging from asthma and aspirin to Homer and Caravaggio, from Richard Dawkins to Pope John Paul II, and from the art and craft of medicine to the nature and meaning of life itself. Kore is the Greek word for the pupil of the eye, and just as the eyes may be a window into the soul, each essay affords readers an opportunity to gaze into the thoughts of someone who saw no barriers between the "two cultures" of science and humanities, but only a profoundly human encounter with the world and all of its mysteries. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic, professional, and general audiences. C. D. Kay Wofford College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-12-01:
The late Polish cardiologist Szczeklik (Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine) was a polymath, deeply immersed in art, music, literature, and mythology. Here he writes with characteristic authority, wisdom, and lyricism. Even the title hints at the range of his knowledge: Kore is another name for Persephone, goddess both of the underworld and of the bounty of spring, a powerful and complex metaphor for medicine's duality. It is also Greek for the pupil of the eye, thought by ancient scholars to be the window of the soul. Here Szczeklik writes of this search for the location of the soul, of shamanism, intuition, "love-sickness" and love potions, faith and evolution, as well as more traditional medical subjects such as allergies, genetics, viruses, death and dying, medical ethics, and the frontiers of modern medicine. VERDICT This book will challenge, delight, and inform health-care professionals and serious readers. Combining a scientist's mind with a humanist's heart, Szczeklik offers his readers much to remember and ponder.--Kathleen Arsenault, St. Petersburg, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Praise for Kore "An eminent Polish physician reflects on his lifetime practice of medicine. Szczeklik weighs in on the ongoing debate about the compatibility of religion and science, supporting the view of leading geneticist Francis Collins and rejecting the stance of Richard Dawkins, who embraces atheism. [This medication is] a profound celebration of the human spirit."-- Kirkus
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PW Annex Reviews, December 2012
Choice, June 2013
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Summaries
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"There is a grand tradition of physicians who are also great writers and philosophers. From Copernicus and Paracelsus, to Chekov, Osler and Frankl. And most recently Sherwin Nuland and Oliver Sacks have gained broad readerships and made huge contributions to the way we think and the way we live our lives. Andrzej Szczeklik is entirely worthy to join their company. When his first book, Catharsis, was published in English, critics from Seamus Heaney to Czeslaw Milosz stood to applaud. Now he has followed with an ever deeper and more accomplished book.It has become unfortunately rare for a scientist or doctor to find his grounding in a broad understanding of literature and the humanities. But in Kore, the author insists that only with a curiosity thoroughly at home in both worlds can one expect to discover what we should mean about sickness and about the soul. No tedious academic, Szczeklik writes with the grace of a poet and the ease of a fine storyteller. Anecdotes drawn from a personal immersion in art, music, and literature are woven with reports on experimental medicine and daily clinical experience. From DNA and the re-creation of the Spanish Flu virus, to contemporary research in genetics, cancer, neurology, and the AIDS virus, from "Symptoms and Shadows," to "Dying and Death," to "Enchantment of Love," every chapter of this book is alive and engaging. The result is a life-affirming work of science, philosophy, art, and spirituality"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. vii
Symptoms and Shadowsp. 3
About the Brainp. 21
In Search of the Soulp. 51
The Reflected World Inside Usp. 79
The Arcana of Art and the Rigors of Sciencep. 97
Genetics and Cancerp. 131
The Truths of Biology and Faithp. 151
The Borderlandsp. 171
On Dying and Deathp. 195
Promethean Ambitionsp. 223
The Enchantment of Lovep. 247
Conjunctionp. 269
Afterwordp. 293
Sourcesp. 295
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