Devices And Designs

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Overview

In the last two centuries, medicine has been transformed by a number of major technological and organisational innovations. This edited collection examines the role of medical technologies in the history of medicine, of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools, prostheses and apparatus. The volume also discusses the social, cultural, political and economic contexts from which these medical technologies emerged, and, in turban, how technical innovations gave rise to new social constellations. A central purpose of the volume is to show what consequences new practices linked to the uptake of certain technologies had for the history of medicine more widely.

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CARSTEN TIMMERMANN is a Wellcome Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK. He works on the history of biomedicine and has published on medicine in interwar Germany and the histories of hypertension and lung cancer.

JULIE ANDERSON is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Wellcome Unit at the University of Manchester, UK. Her areas of research include the history of disability and war. She is currently completing a book with John Pickstone on the history of hip replacement.

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Table of Contents

Preface—T.Hughes
• Introduction—J.Anderson & C.Timmermann
• Prologue: Bones in Lancashire - Towards Long-term Contextual Analysis of Medical Technology—J.Pickstone
• Sites, Services and Operators: Private Medical Laboratory Work in Boston, 1880 to 1900: Expertise and the Exchange of Medical Services—C.Crenner
• Mechanising Medicine: Medical innovations and the Birmingham Voluntary Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century—J.Reinarz
• Innovating Expertise: X-ray and Laboratory Workers in the Canadian Hospital, 1920-1950—P.Twohig
• Instrumentalizing Medicine: Radiation Therapy, Physics Research and the Formation of Stanford University Medical Center—T.Ueyama
• Artificial Eyes and the Artificialisation of the Human Face—N.Handley
• Listening to the Bionic Ear: Ideas and Institutions in Australian Biomedical Innovation—R.McLeod
• Pacing Hearts: German Entrepreneurship in Medical Technology—P.Hidefjäll
• Hexamethonium: The 'Golden Age of Biomedicine' and the Birth of an Antihypertensive Drug—C.Timmermann
• Antibiotics, Resistance and the Public: from the Asian Flu to the Swann Commission—R.Bud
• Greenhouses and Body Suits: Surgery, Infection and Risk—J.Anderson
• Cancer Clinical Trials and the Transfer of Medical Knowledge: Metrology, Contestation and Local Practice—G.Kutcher
• 'The Best Bones in the Graveyard': Risky Technologies and Risks in Knowledge—S.Wyatt
• Epilogue: The Politics of Endpoints—S.Blume

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