Thanks to the translation and careful introduction by Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers, this precious posthumoulsy edited collection of essays by Georges Canguilhem is now accessible to the English reader. Canguilhem's late writings on medicine form an important complement to his works on the history and epistemology of the life sciences as assembled in his Etudes and in his late work on Rationality and Ideology in the Life Sciences.Hans-Jorg Rheinberger
Celebrated as historian of the life sciences and epistemologist of the normal and the pathological, Georges Canguilhem, in this series of little known essays, proves also to be a critical observer of medicine and a reflexive analyst of the concept of health. One should be grateful to Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers for continuing their systematic translation of the often dispersed but coherent works of the French philosopher, whose influence on major contemporary thinkers and social scientists is increasingly acknowledged.-Didier Fassin
"Canguilhem's Writings on Medicine is a short book that every dean of every medical school and every school of public health should consider as required reading for their students. . . . It is the very best introduction available to Canguilhem's ideas--ideas that remain coordinates for navigating some of the most troubling questions in contemporary medicine. . . . If you like thinking about medicine as well as doing it, Canguilhem offers rich rewards."-Richard Horton, The Lancet
"If you like thinking about medicine as well as doing it, Canguilhem offers rich rewards." -The Lancet
"For those who want insight on science and philosophy in the field of medicine, "Writings on Medicine" is a strong addition to college library essay collections."-Midwest Book Review
"Such a collection will undoubtedly further Canguilhem scholarship and provide valuable contributions to various contemporary debates within the life sciences, from the relation between evolution and medicine, and the significance of the doctor-patient relation, to the very nature of health and disease."-Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
About the Author
Trained in philosophy and medicine, Georges Canguilhem (1904-1995) remains one of France's most influential philosophers of science. Stefanos Geroulanos is Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual History at New York University. He is the author of An Atheism That Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought and the co-translator of Georges Canguilhem's Knowledge of Life (Fordham). Todd Meyers is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University and the co-editor of Georges Canguilhem's Knowledge of Life (Fordham).