This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture

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"Hamlet's "mortal coil" - which eventually and inevitably we "shuffle off" when we enter the sleep of death, as he puts it - has never been static. Indeed how the human body and its component parts have been understood, individually and collectively, has shifted across time, shaped by culture, religion, and technology. In this probing and provocative new book, Fay Bound Alberti uses the global histories of medicine, pathology, and emotions to explore these changing notions. Each chapter uses a different focus - bones, skin, ...

This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture 2016, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780199793396

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