Why embodiment now?

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 1999 Dec;22(2):25-38. doi: 10.1097/00012272-199912000-00004.


Embodiment is a promising new area for theory development, but several issues impair its evolution, including confusion over terminology and a lack of organization of existing literature. Embodiment is defined, based on the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. Works of scholars and current debate about embodiment are summarized. Embodied meanings of illness are explored in terms of their relevance for nursing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Holistic Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Philosophy