Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

by Katherine Ott, David Serlin, Stephen Mihm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814761976

ISBN-13: 9780814761977

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: New York University Press

From the wooden teeth of George Washington to the Bly prosthesis, popular in the 1860s and boasting easy uniform motions of the limb, to today's lifelike approximations, prosthetic devices reveal the extent to which the evolution and design of technologies of the body are intertwined with both the practical and subjective needs of human beings.

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From the wooden teeth of George Washington to the Bly prosthesis, popular in the 1860s and boasting easy uniform motions of the limb, to today's lifelike approximations, prosthetic devices reveal the extent to which the evolution and design of technologies of the body are intertwined with both the practical and subjective needs of human beings.

The peculiar history of prosthetic devices sheds light on the relationship between technological change and the civilizing process of modernity, and analyzes the concrete materials of prosthetics which carry with them ideologies of body, ideals, body politics, and culture.

Simultaneously critiquing, historicizing, and theorizing prosthetics, Artificial Parts, Practical Lives lays out a balanced and complex picture of its subject, neither vilifying nor celebrating the merger of flesh and machine.

Author Biography: Katherine Ott is a curator of Science, Medicine, and Society at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, which houses the largest collection of medical artifacts in the U.S. David Serlin is a research historian and exhibitions curator in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Stephen Mihmis a doctoral candidate in history at New York University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814761977
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
359
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prosthetics1
1Engineering Masculinity: Veterans and Prosthetics after World War Two45
2Re-Arming the Disabled Veteran: Artificially Rebuilding State and Society in World War One Germany75
3From Cotton to Silicone: Breast Prosthesis before 1950102
4"How a One-Legged Rebel Lives": Confederate Veterans and Artificial Limbs in Virginia119
5Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes147
6Modern Miracles: The Development of Cosmetic Prosthetics171
7Casing the Joint: The Material Development of Artificial Hips199
8"There's No Language for This": Communication and Alignment in Contemporary Prosthetics227
9The Prosthetics of Management: Motion Study, Photography, and the Industrialized Body in World War I America249
10"A Limb Which Shall Be Presentable in Polite Society": Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century282
11The Long Arm of Benjamin Franklin300
12Technology Sits Cross-Legged: Developing the Jaipur Foot Prothesis327
Contributors349
Index351

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