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Medical Semiotics; Its Influence on Art, Psychoanalysis and Sherlock Holmes (2016)


Semiotics is the analysis and interpretation of signs and the basis of medicine since antiquity. It is suggested that the growth of technology has led to the virtual eclipse of the clinical examination with consequent loss of skill, empathy and patient trust. This paper views the value of medical semiotics through the method of the 19th century Italian doctor, Giovanni Morelli, which has had a significant but little recognised impact on the early development of psychoanalysis, the detective novel and art connoisseurship. Semiotics and, specifically, the linguistic semiotics of Ferdinand Saussure have been influential in the fields of the visual arts, literature and the social sciences since the 20th century. With its roots in the medical treatises of antiquity, medical semiotics should again be brought to the forefront of medical practice.

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Authors & Contributors
Jagow, Bettina von
Steger, Florian
Laskaris, Julie
Engelhardt, Dietrich von
Gröne, Maximilian
Krüger-Fürhoff, Irmela Marei
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Journal of Medical Biography
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Palgrave Macmillan
De Gruyter Mouton
New York, City University of
Medicine and literature
Medicine and art
Science and art
Machado de Assis
Döblin, Alfred
Freud, Sigmund
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
Early modern
21st century
Great Britain
Berlin (Germany)
United States
Berliner Medicinisch-Psychologische Gesellschaft

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