Journal article

Syndrome du jour: The historiography and moral implications of Diagnosing Darwin

Roderick D Buchanan

STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Diagnosing Darwin's health problems has a long history. Innumerable diagnoses have been proffered in letters, articles, and a handful of dedicated books. Diagnostic speculation has exhibited contrasting somatogenic or psychogenic preferences. Psychogenic accounts dominated mid-century but were soon challenged by somatic explanations citing specific infectious or toxic aetiologies. This tension remains, although psychogenic accounts have tended to be swamped by an array of somatogenic diagnoses championed by biomedical specialists. As a whole, this parade of diagnoses has a striking syndrome du jour quality. Successive conjectures speak of the preoccupations and diagnostic fads of their parti..

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