Experimenting with styles of living: Bernard, Canguilhem and type 2 diabetes education

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The paper links a debate in the history of medical science between statistics and the experimental method with contemporary diabetes educational practices. An empirical example of a tension between neglect and concern in diabetes self-regulation frames the subsequent theoretical discussion between first, Claude Bernard and statistics and afterwards, Georges Canguilhem as a correlative to Bernard. Through these philosophers of medical science a connection between the experimental method and education is demonstrated. Finally, a case description of an experimental approach to alcohol and experimentation frames and highlights the educational aspect of the methodological discussion.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)369-383
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Claude Bernard
  • Experimentation
  • Georges Canguilhem
  • Lifestyle
  • Normal
  • Pathological
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • History, 21st Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • History, 18th Century
  • Health Behavior
  • Science/history
  • History, 19th Century
  • Life Style/history
  • France
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/history
  • Health Education/history


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