CT Suite: The Work of Diagnosis in the Age of Noninvasive Cutting by Barry F. Saunders (Paperback, 2008)
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- DescriptionIn CT Suite the doctor and anthropologist Barry F. Saunders provides an ethgraphic account of how a particular diagstic techlogy, the computed tomographic (CT) scanner, shapes social relations and intellectual activities in and beyond the CT suite, the unit within the diagstic radiology department of a large teaching hospital where CT images are made and interpreted. Focusing on how expertise is performed and how CT images are made into diagstic evidence, he concentrates t on the function of CT images for patients but on the function of the images for medical professionals going about their routines. Yet Saunders offers more than insider ethgraphy. He links diagstic work to practices and conventions from outside medicine and from earlier historical moments. In dialogue with science and techlogy studies, he makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the visual cultures of medicine. Saunders's analyses are informed by strands of cultural history and theory including art historical critiques of realist representation, Walter Benjamin's concerns about violence in mechanical reproduction, and tropes of detective fiction such as intrigue, the case, and the culprit. Saunders analyzes the diagstic gaze of medical personnel reading images at the viewbox, the two-dimensional images or slices of the human body rendered by the scanner, methods of archiving images, and the use of scans as pedagogical tools in clinical conferences. Bringing cloistered diagstic practices into public view, he reveals the customs and the social and professional hierarchies that are formulated and negotiated around the weighty presence of the CT scanner. At the same time, by returning throughout to the nineteenth-century ideas of detection and scientific authority that inform contemporary medical diagsis, Saunders highlights the specters of the past in what appears to be a preeminently modern machine.
- Author BiographyBarry F. Saunders is Associate Professor of Social Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Religious Studies, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also an emergency room doctor at Chatham Hospital in Siler City, North Carolina.
- Author(s)Barry F. Saunders
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2008
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleBody, Commodity, Text
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note42 b&w photographs
- Weight612 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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