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Western medicineandmdash;especially in contrast with non-Western traditions of medical practiceandmdash;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 andldquo;conventionalandrdquo; 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 medicineandrsquo;s social diversity and regional variations to expose significant differences in the presumptions and decisions that affect patientsandrsquo; 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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The way different medical practices differently construct their object.

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Western medicine is widely thought of as a coherent and unified field in which beliefs, definitions, and judgments are shared. This book debunks 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.

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“An outstanding example of some of the best work done at the research front of the field and of recent work that strives to go beyond both technological and social/cultural determinism.”—Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University
"This book, as part of a ‘second wave’ of science studies, advances our understanding of patients, bodies, and subjectivities in much the same way the first wave altered our understanding of objectivity and experimental practice."—Bruno Latour, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines

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Trisha22366, April 25, 2012 (view all comments by Trisha22366)
Although I cannot rate the book at this time, I believe this is something that everyone seeing health care professionals should read and have a working knowledge of. Western medicine alone does not provide adequate health care to many people. I live with a Holistic Life Coach and have learned quite a bit in the two years we have been together. I also have the pleasure of taking a course on Alternative Medicine and we are both becoming more enlightened to alternative therapies, treatments, and practices that we were not aware of prior to this class. It is my belief that the majority of the population would be better off if more of the alternative medicines were accepted by health insurance and health care practitioners. I live with chronic pain everyday & have yet to find a doctor that adequately relieves that pain with conventional medicine. As an individual, I am the one that has to suffer through the pain, various diseases, and the side effects of the ineffective medication & treatments prescribed by conventional medicine. I prefer to be treated by a health care professional as an individual not as a collective entity. I do not appreciate receiving the same treatment as thousands of other patients that have nothing in common with me. The more I learn, the less I like the health care that I receive. I would just like to spend 24 hours without any pain! Seriously! Is that too much to ask?

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780822321743
Editor:
Berg, Marc
Editor:
Mol, Annemarie
Editor:
Berg, Marc
Editor:
Mol, Annemarie
Editor:
Berg Marc
Author:
Appadurai, Arjun
Author:
Mol, Annemarie
Author:
Farquhar, Judith
Author:
Comaroff, Jean L.
Author:
Comaroff, John L.
Author:
Berg, Marc
Author:
Berg
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham, N.C. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Sociology, Medical.
Subject:
Social medicine
Subject:
Medicine -- Philosophy.
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Body, Commodity, Text: Studies of Objectifying Practice
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b&w photographs, 3 tables, 7 figures
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.28x5.90x.85 in. 1.01 lbs.

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Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » History

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