Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America / Edition 1

Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America / Edition 1

by David Serlin
     
 


After World War II, the United States underwent a massive cultural transformation that was vividly realized in the development and widespread use of new medical technologies. Plastic surgery, wonder drugs, artificial organs, and prosthetics inspired Americans to believe in a new age of modern medical miracles. The nationalistic pride that flourished in postwar… See more details below

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After World War II, the United States underwent a massive cultural transformation that was vividly realized in the development and widespread use of new medical technologies. Plastic surgery, wonder drugs, artificial organs, and prosthetics inspired Americans to believe in a new age of modern medical miracles. The nationalistic pride that flourished in postwar society, meanwhile, encouraged many Americans to put tremendous faith in the power of medicine to rehabilitate and otherwise transform the lives and bodies of the disabled and those considered abnormal. Replaceable You revisits this heady era in American history to consider how these medical technologies and procedures were used to advance the politics of conformity during the 1950s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226748849
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
465,551
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Can Humans Be Rebuilt?

1 The Other Arms Race
2 Reconstructing the Hiroshima Maidens
3 Gladys Bentley and the Cadillac of Hormones
4 Christine Jorgensen and the Cold War Closet

Epilogue: The Golden Slipper Show
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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