chapter  6
10 Pages

Popular Medicine

Folz creates and repeats multiple (and often contradictory) analogies of the human body with death, corruption, decay, sublimity, enjoyment and suffering. These characterize a fundamental discord in the glory and misery of the human complex. In his medical works, images of the body express the paradoxes of its roles: locus of disease and death and of eternal bliss; symbol of the unready, the weak, flawed and sinful as well as a personification of God; locus of utter chaos as well as the center of a harmonious whole. Folz’s medical works illustrate his fundamental concern for the human body, and complete the array of bodily images in his oeuvre.