Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 0103-7331
BENET, Octavio. Knowing and feeling: an ethnographic study on the learning of biomedicine. Physis [online]. 1999, vol.9, n.1, pp. 123-150. ISSN 0103-7331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73311999000100006.
Biomedicine, originally society's view of the world, changed progressively between the 16th and the 17th centuries. These changes gave rise to a mechanistic view of the world and opened up the possibility of a dualistic view of man. From this view, which biomedicine is based on, largue that biomedical practice is structured around a structural tension, that is to say, a tension between the realm of knowledge (associated with reason and science) and the realm of feeling (associated with emotions and psychological). With the aim of examining how this structural tension is carried out in the biomedicine learning process, I carried out a field study in the wing of a medical clinic at a public hospital. The study was cantered upon the interns, who, in their learning process, combine how medical practice is lived with the quest for academic excellence.
Keywords : Biomedicine; learning process; subjectivity; intem.