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Technology and Medical Practice

Blood, Guts and Machines, 1st Edition

By Boel Berner

Edited by Ericka Johnson


228 pages

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The advanced technologies being used in diagnosis and care within modern medicine, whilst supporting and making medical practices possible, may also conflict with established traditions of medicine and care. What happens to the patient in a technologized medical environment? How are doctors', nurses' and medical scientists' practices changed when artefacts are involved? How is knowledge negotiated, or relations of power reconfigured? Technology and Medical Practice addresses these developments and dilemmas, focusing on various practices with technologies within hospitals and sociotechnical systems of care. Combining science and technology studies with medical sociology, the history of medicine and feminist approaches to science, this book presents analyses of artefacts-in-use across a variety of settings within the UK, USA and Europe, and will appeal to sociologists, anthropologists and scholars of science and technology alike.


’Though the sites of study are quite diverse, at its core, this edited volume cohesively develops important perspectives on the ways in which to study medicine as it is practiced with new technologies and as its practitioners negotiate their relationships with medical devices… Johnson and Berner’s edited volume is, overall, an insightful exploration of issues at the interface of medical practice and medical technologies and the relationship of the body to medical technology and medical technology to the body.’ Technology and Culture

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: technology and medical practice: blood, guts and machines, Ericka Johnson and Boel Berner; Part 1 Judging Bodies: Defining the pubescent body: 3 cases of biomedicine's approach to 'pathology', Celia Roberts; Learning to produce, see and say the (ab)normal: professional vision in ultrasound scanning during pregnancy, Kerstin Sandell; Accounting for incoherent bodies, Dawn Goodwin and Maggie Mort. Part 2 Simulating Bodies: The anatomy of a surgical simulation: the mutual articulation of bodies in and through the machine, Rachel Prentice; Blonde birth machines: medical simulation, techno-corporeality and posthuman feminism, Jenny Sundén; Simulating medical patients and practices: bodies and the construction of valid medical simulators, Ericka Johnson. Part 3 Linking Bodies and Machines: Emotion work: abjection and electronic foetal monitoring, Petra Jonvallen; Incorporating machines into laboratory work: acting on concepts of humanness and machineness, Corinna Kruse; (Dis)connecting bodies: blood donation and technical change, Sweden 1915-1950, Boel Berner. Epilogue: Moving nature/culture, Lucy Suchman; Index

About the Author/Editor

Ericka Johnson in a postdoctoral researcher in the Division for Science and Technology Studies at University of Gothenburg, Sweden Boel Berner is a professor in the Department of Technology and Social Change at Linköping University, Sweden.

About the Series

Theory, Technology and Society

Theory, Technology and Society
Theory, Technology and Society presents the latest work in social, cultural and political theory, which considers the impact of new technologies on social, economic and political relationships. Central to the series are the elucidation of new theories of the humanity-technology relationship, the ethical implications of techno-scientific innovation, and the identification of unforeseen effects which are emerging from the techno-scientific organization of society. With particular interest in questions of gender relations, the body, virtuality, penality, work, aesthetics, urban space, surveillance, governance and the environment, the series encourages work that seeks to determine the nature of the social consequences that have followed the deployment of new technologies, investigate the increasingly complex relationship between 'the human' and 'the technological', or addresses the ethical and political questions arising from the constant transformation and manipulation of humanity.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General