The Birth of the Clinic and the Sources of Archaeological History

François Delaporte


The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of a classic of the historiography of sciences, Michel Foucault’s The birth of the clinic: An archaeology of medical gaze. In different parts of the world, events were organized to reflect on this important work. The article argues that if one cannot draw a direct line linking the work of the leading historians-philosophers of the twentieth-century sciences in France to Michel Foucault’s archaeological study of the clinic, we must recognize that the author of The Birth of the Clinic has taken up from these historians-philosophers the methodological and conceptual tools that made it possible to study the history of science and knowledge in a new way.


Historiography of Medicine; French epistemology; Michel Foucault; Gaston Bachelard; Alexandre Koyré; Georges Canguilhem

Full Text:




  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science

ISSN: 2526-2270

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Connect with us



Indexing and Abstracting

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science is indexed and abstracted in the following directories and databases: