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Médecine de l'âme, médecine du corps

Abstract : Maimonides wrote two epistles on melancholy: the Regimen of health (Fī tadbīr al-ṣiḥḥa) and the Explanation of accidents (Maqāla fī Bayān al-aʿrāḍ). In these medical treatises, he does not merely draw the additional analogy presenting ethics as the medicine of the soul, but shows that the body and the soul determine each other. Melancholy, an illness affecting both body and soul altogether, provides a perfect example of the interaction between the two of them, to the point that Maimonides recommends a dual treatment for it: a physical cure of the soul, and a spiritual cure of the body. Medicine and philosophy thus become the two sides of a unique exercise, the "regimen of health", which shows the main aspects of the care of the self according to Maimonides.
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Pauline Koetschet. Médecine de l'âme, médecine du corps. Bulletin d'Etudes Orientales, Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), 2008, 57, pp.155-167. ⟨halshs-00417464⟩

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