publication . Article . Journal . 2020

Patient*innen und Passionen. Eine Schmerzgeschichte des Katholizismus in Österreich im 19. Jahrhundert – Ein Kooperationsprojekt an den Universitäten Innsbruck und Antwerpen (2018–2022)

Maria Heidegger; Tine Van Osselaer;
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  • Published: 09 Jul 2020 Journal: VIRUS - Beiträge zur Sozialgeschichte der Medizin, volume 1, pages 351-359 (issn: 1605-7066, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Osterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Abstract
The still rather young history of pain is more and more critical about the finalist historiography postulating an increasing secularization and medicalisation of pain in the modern era. In the nineteenth century, so the narrative goes, pain lost its status as a ‘gift’ of God, turned into something that needed to be avoided and became more and more controlled thanks to medical progress as e.g. the invention of anaesthetics. Against such a backdrop, numerous religious practices of nineteenth-century Catholicism appear like anachronistic remnants of medieval, pain-idealising traditions and cults like Christ´s passion, at odds with secular and medical perspectives. ...
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free text keywords: Religious studies, Sociology, History of Pain, catholicism, patients, passions, stigmatics, 19th century, Austria,MedicalHumanities
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