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Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

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ISBN-13: 9780814761984
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 359
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Stephen Mihmis a doctoral candidate in history at New York University.

Table of Contents

I: Need

1 Engineering Masculinity: Veterans and Prosthetics after World War Two

2 Re-Arming the Disabled Veteran: Artificially Rebuilding State and Society in World War One Germany

3 From Cotton to Silicone: Breast Prosthesis before 1950

4 ”How a One-Legged Rebel Lives”: Confederate Veterans and Artificial Limbs in Virginia

II: Design

5 Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyes

6 Modern Miracles: The Development of Cosmetic Prosthetics

7 Casing the Joint: The Material Development of Artificial Hips

8 ”There’s No Language for This”: Communication and Alignment in Contemporary Prosthetics

III: Use and Representation

9 The Prosthetics of Management: Motion Study, Photography, and the Industrialized Body in World War I America

10 ”A Limb Which Shall Be Presentable in Polite Society”: Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century

11 The Long Arm of Benjamin Franklin

12 Technology Sits Cross-Legged: Developing the Jaipur Foot Prothesis

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"These essays are valuable first forays into the history of prosthetics."

-Technology and Culture

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