Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media / Edition 1

Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media / Edition 1

by Lester D. Friedman
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Duke University Press Books
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Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media / Edition 1

Medicine and the media exist in a unique symbiosis. Increasingly, health-care consumers turn to media sources -- from news reports to Web sites to TV shows -- for information about diseases, treatments, pharmacology, and important health issues. And just as the media scour the medical terrain for news stories and plot lines, those in the health-care industry use the media to publicize legitimate stories and advance particular agendas. The essays in Cultural Sutures delineate this deeply collaborative process by scrutinizing a broad range of interconnections between medicine and the media in print journal ism, advertisements, fiction films, television shows, documentaries, and computer technology. In this volume, scholars of cinema studies, philosophy, English, sociology, health-care education, women's studies, bioethics, and other fields demonstrate how the world of medicine engages and permeates the media that surround us. Whether examining the press coverage of the Jack Kevorkian-euthanasia controversy; pondering questions about accessibility, accountability, and professionalism raised by such films as Awakenings, The Doctor, and Lorenzo's Oil; analyzing the depiction of doctors, patients, and medicine on E.R. and Chicago Hope; or considering the ways in which digital technologies have redefined the medical body, these essays are consistently illuminating and provocative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900822332946
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 05/06/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Through the Looking Glass: Medical Culture and the Media1
1.Print Media
The Pharmaceutical Gaze: Psychiatry, Scopophilia, and Psychotropic Medication Advertising, 1964-198515
Taken to Extremes: Newspapers and Kevorkian's Televised Euthanasia Incident36
Stop the Presses: Journalistic Treatment of Mental Illness55
The Nurse-Saver and the TV Hostess: Advertising Hospital Television, 1950-197073
Exorcising "Men in White" on Television: An Exercise in Cultural Power93
Drive-By Medicine: Managed Care Ads on Billboards109
3.Fiction Films
Frankenflicks: Medical Monsters in Classic Horror Films129
Big Boys Do Cry: Empathy in The Doctor149
Institutional Impediments: Medical Bureaucracies in the Movies166
Images and Healers: A Visual History of Scientific Medicine197
From City Hospital to ER: The Evolution of the Television Physician215
The Fat Detective: Obesity and Disability234
Dissecting the Doctor Shows: A Content Analysis of ER and Chicago Hope244
Reproductive Freedom, Revisionist History, Restricted Cinema: The Strange Case of Margaret Sanger and Birth Control263
Continence of the Continent: The Ideology of Disease and Hygiene in World War II Training Films280
"Invisible Invaders": The Global Body in Public Health Films299
The Medium Is the Message: Documenting the Story of Dax Cowart315
Technologies Transforming Health Care: X Rays, Computers, and the Internet333
The Shape of Things to Come: Surgery in the Age of Medialization351 The Internet and the Patient-Physician Relationship373
Virtual Disability: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're Not a Sick Puppy386
Works Cited399

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