Technical Knowledge in American Culture: Science, Technology, and Medicine Since the Early 1800s

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Technical Knowledge in American Culture addresses the relationships between what modern-day experts say to each other and to their constituencies and whether what they say and do relates to the larger culture, society, and era. These essays challenge the social impact model by looking at science, technology, and medicine not as social activities but as intellectual activities.
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Addresses the connections between what modern-day experts say to each other and to their constituencies, and the influence of American culture on science, challenging the social impact model by looking at science, technology, and medicine as intellectual rather than social activities. Sections on the eras 1800-1870, 1870-1920, and 1920 to the late 20th century look at issues such as populist technology; the German-American science of racial nutrition; and responses to the use of DES-laced feed in beef. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307936
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/1996
  • Series: History Amer Science & Technol Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Technical Knowledge in American Culture: An Analysis 1
1 The Ohio Mechanic's Institute: The Challenge of Incivility in the Democratic Republic 21
2 The American Career of Jane Marcet's Conversations on Chemistry, 1806-1853 37
3 From Individual Practitioner to Regular Physician: Cincinnati Medical Societies and the Problem of Definition among Mid-Nineteenth-Century Americans 53
4 Diagnosing Unnatural Motherhood: Nineteenth-Century Physicians and "Puerperal Insanity" 73
5 The Inventor of the Mustache Cup: James Emerson and Populist Technology, 1870-1900 91
6 Race-ism and the City: The Young Du Bois and the Role of Place in Social Theory, 1893-1901 110
7 The German-American Science of Racial Nutrition, 1870-1920 125
8 The Case of the Manufactured Morons: Science and Social Policy in Two Eras, 1934-1966 149
9 Responding to the Airplane: Urban Rivalry, Metropolitan Regionalism, and Airport Development in Dallas, 1927-1965 169
10 Unanticipated Aftertaste: Cancer, the Role of Science, and the Question of DES Beef in Late Twentieth-Century American Culture 189
Afterword 206
Notes 209
Contributors 253
Index 257
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