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From the Publisher"These essays are valuable first forays into the history of prosthetics."
-Technology and Culture
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.
-Technology and Culture
|The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prosthetics||1|
|1||Engineering Masculinity: Veterans and Prosthetics after World War Two||45|
|2||Re-Arming the Disabled Veteran: Artificially Rebuilding State and Society in World War One Germany||75|
|3||From Cotton to Silicone: Breast Prosthesis before 1950||102|
|4||"How a One-Legged Rebel Lives": Confederate Veterans and Artificial Limbs in Virginia||119|
|5||Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes||147|
|6||Modern Miracles: The Development of Cosmetic Prosthetics||171|
|7||Casing the Joint: The Material Development of Artificial Hips||199|
|8||"There's No Language for This": Communication and Alignment in Contemporary Prosthetics||227|
|9||The Prosthetics of Management: Motion Study, Photography, and the Industrialized Body in World War I America||249|
|10||"A Limb Which Shall Be Presentable in Polite Society": Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century||282|
|11||The Long Arm of Benjamin Franklin||300|
|12||Technology Sits Cross-Legged: Developing the Jaipur Foot Prothesis||327|
Posted April 24, 2002
The editor of this book leads off with a pretentious pseudo-intellectual argument about how prostheses symbolize male sexuality. Thank God he didn't write the entire book. This is a collection of essays some of which are only vaguely related to prosthetics. The chapter on the total hip replacement becomes little more than a list of names and dates in it's second half but the first half relates an interesting history of early efforts at hip joint replacement. Three chapters will be of interest to the prosthetic limb specialist. A discussion of Russian prosthetic services in the World War I era examines the priorities in selecting prosthetic designs. Chapters on civil war era prosthetics and communication between prosthetist and amputees are of the greatest interest. If you are prosthetic professional you will enjoy reading portions of this book but much I found much of the material of marginal interest or even off-topic, go for the paper bound edition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.