Portrayals of Medicine, Physicians, Patients, and Illnesses in French Literature From the Middle Ages to the Present: A Collection of Essays

Author: Edited by Baselis-Bitoun, Lison
This collection of essays examines the various representations of medicine in French Literature, from the Middle Ages to the present. It addresses questions of how we
have developed, authorized and dealt with the concept of being studied and treated
as scientific subjects. The study also investigates how we negotiate being patients,
doctors, and spectators in defining the concept and the field of medicine.


This book is a model of life, spirit and the good health of ten centuries of great literature.”

- Prof. Tom Conley
Harvard University

Table of Contents

Preface by Richard Terdiman
1. Doctor Love, or Is There an Erotic Therapy? Survey of Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Literature
2. Auctors vs. Doctors in Chrétien de Troyes’ Cligès
3. Fragmented Bodies: From the Blason to the Book of Anatomy
4. Authors Plagued: The Black Death through Works of Sixteenth-Century Writers Struck First-hand, Marot, Montaigne, D’Aubigné, Paré
5. Medicine in Molière’s Theater
6. Melancholy and Holistic Medicine in Seventeenth-Century France
7. Sangrado and Eighteenth-Century Caricatures of the Physician
8. Where Have all the Doctors Gone? Making French Doctors Respectable: The Doctor-Philosophe, Bordeu in Diderot’s Rêve de D’Alembert
9. From La médecine expérimentale to Le roman expérimental
10. The Scalpel of Derision: Depictions of Doctors in Fin de siècle Short Fiction
11. On Medicine and Elite Culture in Twentieth-Century France
12. Transplanted Identities: Maurice Renard’s Docteur Lerne, Sous-Dieu