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    Differences in Medicine: Unraveling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies (Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice) (Paperback) Edited by Marc Berg, Edited by Annemarie Mol

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    DescriptionWestern medicine - especially in contrast with non-Western traditions of medical practice - is widely thought of as a coherent and unified field in which beliefs, definitions, and judgments are shared. Marc Berg and Annemarie Mol debunk this myth with an interdisciplinary and intercultural collection of essays that reveals the significantly varied ways practitioners of "conventional" Western medicine handle bodies, study test results, configure statistics, and converse with patients. Combining theoretical work with interviews and direct observation of the activities and interactions of doctors, nurses, technicians, and patients, the contributors to this volume provide comparative studies of specific cases. Individual chapters explore topics such as the contested domain of fetal surgery in a California hospital, the construction of gender identity before transsexual surgery in Germany, and differences in the treatment and definition of pain by two clinics in France. Differences in Medicine advances earlier studies on medicine's social diversity and regional variations to expose significant differences in the presumptions and decisions that affect patients' lives, and marks a dramatic development in both the study of medicine and in science studies generally. Revealing the ways in which the bodies and lives of people are constructed as medical objects by practitioners, technologies, and textbooks, this collection calls for and initiates new, more textured investigations and theories of the body in medicine and the practice of science. It will open new discussions among medical and healthcare professionals as well as scholars in medical anthropology, science studies, sociology, philosophy, and the history of medicine.


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    Title
    Differences in Medicine
    Subtitle
    Unraveling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Marc Berg, Edited by Annemarie Mol
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780822321743
    ISBN 10: 0822321742
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: MBP
    Abridged Dewey: 610
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T General Subject: 510
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC21: 362.10973
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: MED000000
    BIC subject category V2: PSXM
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    LC classification: RA418 .D5 1998, RA418.D5 1
    Thema V1.0: JHM, MBP, PSX, JBCC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    2 black and white photographs, 7 figures, 3 tables
    Publisher
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    30 June 1998
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
    Author Information
    Marc Berg is a researcher at the School of Health Sciences at Maastricht University.Annemarie Mol is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Twente.
    Review quote
    "An outstanding example of some of the best work done at the research front of the field and of recent work that strives to go beyond both technological and social/cultural determinism."'Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University "This book, as part of a 'second wave' of science studies, advances our understanding of patients, bodies, and subjectivities in much the same way the first wave altered our understanding of objectivity and experimental practice."--Bruno Latour, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines
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    "This book, as part of a 'second wave' of science studies, advances our understanding of patients, bodies, and subjectivities in much the same way the first wave altered our understanding of objectivity and experimental practice."--Bruno Latour, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines
    Table of contents
    Contributors. Isabelle Baszanger, Marc Berg, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Monica J. Casper, Charis M. Cussins, Nicolas Dodier, Stefan Hirschauer, Annemarie Mol, Vicky Singleton, Susan Leigh Star, Stefan Timmermans, Dick Willems