Dordrecht:: D. Reidel, 1978., 1978. Series: Studies in the History of Science, Number 3. 8vo. xxv, , 208,  pp. Frontis., index. Brown blind- and gilt-stamped cloth, dust-jacket; jacket quite faded with nicks. Minor red ink marginalia and underlining. Author inked name, "Maulitz" on front paper. Very good. ISBN: 27709076 Translated from the 1972 French edition by Carolyn R. Fawcett. Robert Sonne Cohen contributed editorial collaboration. Michael Foucault (1926-1984) wrote the Introduction for this edition. Canguilhem attacks the very notion of what is and is not a disease, and he questions the philosophical and etiological precepts of medicine that define what, exactly, a disease is. He argues no list of symptoms and signs or measurement of deviation from a statistical norm can form the basis of a definition of disease. Such a definition must instead be based on the abnormalities of the mechanisms involved, rather than the effects of those mechanisms.
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