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Matters of the HeartHistory, Medicine, and Emotion$
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Fay Bound Alberti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540976.001.0001

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Introduction: The Heart of the Matter

Introduction: The Heart of the Matter

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(p.1) Introduction: The Heart of the Matter
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Matters of the Heart
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Fay Bound Alberti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540976.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the emotional significance of the heart, both physically and spiritually. It examines the symbolism of the heart during the 17th century, the nervous physiology of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the emergence of modern understandings of the influence of the nervous system and of the mind-body relation. This book also explores the emergence of hormones an explanatory category for the emotional symbolism of the heart.

Keywords:   heart, symbolism, nervous system, physiology, hormones, emotion

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