Contributions to the Textual Criticism of the Kathopanisad by L. Alsdorf

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16 And within these new towers of medi­ cine, so Brandt and Sloane contend, antiseptic, diagnostic, and monitoring technologies altered the practice of medicine. The vertical, “functional,” research-teaching hospital of the early through mid—twentieth century became the standard site of biomedicine. With the coming of the 1960s and 1970s, these modern towers of medicine were viewed with an increasingly critical eye, no longer as sleek exemplars of efficiency and sci­ ence in the Bauhaus-internationalist spirit, but rather as oppressive, machinelike mon­ sters.

In classic instances, such as the image of Machiavelli’s famous study where he shed the garments of everyday life to commune with the ancients, we are presented with an image of solitude. 16 Elaborating upon a key Christian topos, both humanists implied that speaking to God and speaking to the ancients must be done in solitude. Accordingly, images of the study prior to the sixteenth century lacked the embellishments that we as­ sociate with the museum: a few books, certainly, but virtually no artifacts beyond those precious volumes.

Pérez-Gómez, Polyphilo. 21. On these themes, see also Robert Venturi, Iconography and Electronics; Venturi, Scott Brown, and Izenour, Learning From Las Vegas; and Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. 22. On Kahn’s laboratory work, see Anderson, “Louis I. ” 23. ” 24. On early twentieth-century linkages between technical culture and architecture, see Buddensieg, Industriekultur. 25. For more on Safdie’s views about city design, see his City after the Automobile. Anderson, Stan. “Louis I.

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