Lege Artis Medicinae

[Rapprochement to medicine: crossing paths between Franz Alexander and Michael Polanyi]

KELEMEN Gábor

MAY 20, 2017

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2017;27(04-05)

[Franz Alexander and Michael Polanyi, who were childhood friends, schoolmates at the grammar school as well as at the medical school are renowned scientists, who were dealing with the issue of reciprocity between knower and known. Interrelation of their careers is hardly researched. In this paper, I attend to this unexplored topic. Alexander adopted the Freudian position at the age of 29. Polanyi first had turned into a physical chemist and then, at the age of 45 his calling was in the philosophy of science. I will show in this paper that their achievements are deeply rooted in the culture that they acquiered in their medical studies in Hungary. ]

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