Mind and body

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One of the themes of these podcasts is that the boundaries between medicine and other disciplines in the past were much less clear cut than nowadays and the way knowledge was organised was also quite different. One of the most famous contributors is the seventeenth century French philosopher Renée Descartes and in today’s podcast I want to explain briefly his theory that the mind (what he called the ‘rational soul’) was distinct from the body.

Image of the week: Descartes: Diagram of the brain
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