Pa/enser bien le corps: Cognitive and Curative Language in Montaigne’s Essais

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Journal of Medical Humanities, 2015, 36 (3), pp. 241 - 250
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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Montaigne’s writings on medicine and the body have always been seen as part of a larger project about knowing ourselves. Responding to medical developments that seemed to privilege the anatomical body over the mind or the emotions, Montaigne defended the humoral link between mind and body. His essays make use of word play, puns, and anecdotes based on his own experience and reports from antiquity to counter what he perceived to be an increasingly one-sided approach to medicine. The result is a witty but nuanced argument for a more balanced outlook to what is now known as psychosomatic medicine.
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