Obraz świata medycyny w krzywym zwierciadle historiografii medycznej
A Picture of the World of Medicine as Seen in the Distorted Mirror of Medical Historiography
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Medical historiography is not ‘cognitively innocent’, similarly to other movements of its kind. Like all the others, it can also be considered more as a self-reflection of the environments examining the past, rather than showing ‘objective truth about the past’, which is an image constructed by a historian. This vision is sometimes imbued with values present in the environments which the historiographer represents, referring them to the past. It is also subordinated to these objectives, whom, sometimes temporarily, it is to serve. Both are historically and culturally variable. On the one hand there are, for example, the ideals of medicine, standards of rationality and the different perspectives of perceiving a patient. On the other hand, the most common educational goals, subordinate to the medical historiography. The multiplicity of such cultural factors, as a consequence, presents a curious ‘distorting mirror of medicine’.
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