Differences in Medicine: Unraveling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies

Differences in Medicine: Unraveling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies

by Marc Berg
     
 

Western 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

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Overview

Western 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.

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822321743
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Differences in Medicine: An Introduction1
Performing Sexes and Genders in Medical Practices13
Working on and around Human Fetuses: The Contested Domain of Fetal Surgery28
Clinical Practice and Procedures in Occupational Medicine: A Study of the Framing of Individuals53
Stabilizing Instabilities: The Role of the Laboratory in the United Kingdom Cervical Screening Programme86
Inhaling Drugs and Making Worlds: The Proliferation of Lungs and Asthmas105
Pain Physicians: All Alike, All Different119
Missing Links, Making Links: The Performance of Some Atheroscleroses144
Ontological Choreography: Agency for Women Patients in an Infertility Clinic166
The Architecture of Difference: Visibility, Control, and Comparability in Building a Nursing Interventions Classification202
Order(s) and Disorder(s): Of Protocols and Medical Practices226
References247
Index267
Contributors271

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