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The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War

Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers

Abstract

The injuries suffered by soldiers during WWI were as varied as they were brutal. How could the human body suffer and often absorb such disparate traumas? Why might the same wound lead one soldier to die but allow another to recover? In The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe, Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers uncover a fascinating story of how medical scientists came to conceptualize the body as an integrated yet brittle whole. Responding to the harrowing experience of the Great War, the medical community sought conceptual frameworks to understand bodily shock, brain injury, and the wildly ... More

Keywords: body, World War I, conceptual history, homeostasis, injury, medicine, neurology, physiology, political economy, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226556451
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226556628.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanos Geroulanos, author
New York University

Todd Meyers, author
New York University­-Shanghai