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A Vision of Unity over All Diversity

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0099
A Vision of Unity over All Diversity

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The world of today is at the forefront of development. The past has shown that there is first a model image and then a body image. Now, the two images fit together like mirror images. The new image of the world and the new image of the body. The new body image comes with a new therapeutics: Evolutionary Medicine, which heals the wounds of age-old prejudice, inflicted because of racial, ethnic demarcations. The new body image and its medicine introduce a new mapping of mankind. Biological barriers have fallen. Cultural peculiarities are no longer a matter of deep concern. These building blocks of language, culture, religion, etc., are bearers of a future global culture, put on as a kind of roof timbering over the array of traditional regional cultures. If the vision lasts, then one can predict a long life for the societal acceptance and generous patronage of molecular biology.

Keywords: model image; body image; building blocks; Evolutionary Medicine; biological barriers

Chapter.  1357 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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