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Who Will Heal My Body? At the Border of Traditional Medicine’s Experience and Knowledge: Physician and Patient Perspective on Choice and Experience

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2022, 79(4), pp.211-245
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.79.4.202211.211
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 25, 2022
  • Accepted : November 21, 2022
  • Published : November 29, 2022

KIM, SEONG SU 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In the 18th century book Yeok-si Man-pil, written by doctor Lee Soo-Ki, it is demonstrated how doctors and patients approached experience in different ways. Lee Soo-ki found the direction in which his medical science should go in clinical experience, and continued to test it. It is a perspective on the pulse of judging so-called active heat and fake heat. In contrast, in many cases, patients often denied even their experiences to the extent that they would revisit doctors who worsened their ailments, and Lee Soo-ki always had to compete with them. The reasons why patients ignored the advice of Lee Soo-ki, a competent doctor, and chose to harm themselves were financial problems and a desire to heal quickly. As a result, the experience of failure was not learned and the wrong choice was made, and unlike rationalism based on the objectified experience pursued by medicine, experience refracted by desire developed in its place. The story of patients who lived in the late Joseon Dynasty tells us that the basis for distrust in medicine that still takes place today may not be a lack of understanding of medicine itself, but a desire hidden in us.

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