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In this innovative and ambitious study, Bernadette Höfer explores how Surin, Molière, Lafayette, and Racine reverse the Cartesian conception of the dominance of the rational and propose instead a dramatic interconnection of body and mind. The author analyzes early modern medical and philosophical treatises, as well as contemporary medical compilations, to demonstrate that these seventeenth-century French writers fully anticipated current thought regarding psychosomatic illness.

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