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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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Conclusion: The Matter of the Heart

Conclusion: The Matter of the Heart

(p.157) Conclusion: The Matter of the Heart
Matters of the Heart

Fay Bound Alberti

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums the key findings of this study on emotional significance of the heart. It examined two different hearts: the heart of symbolizing emotion and the heart of science. One of the most remarkable aspects of the medical and cultural history of the heart is the longevity of its emotional meanings. This can be attributed to religious, symbolic, linguistic, philosophical, and medical reasons.

Keywords:   heart, symbolism, science, cultural history, medical history, emotional meanings

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