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Introduction: the crafting of medicine in the early industrial age

Rabier, Christelle (2013) Introduction: the crafting of medicine in the early industrial age. Technology and Culture, 54 (3). pp. 437-459. ISSN 0040-165X

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Identification Number: 10.1353/tech.2013.0090


The special issue "Fitting for Health" offers a critical inquiry into the co-construction of medicine and technology in the early industrial age. It investigates the "social life" of medical things, through their material configuration, invention, improvement, and diversification, the sites of their deployment, their status as both novelties and less spectacular objects of everyday use, and the challenges they faced in fitting themselves into people's lives and European res publica. The set of articles (on steel trusses, medical electricity, anatomical models, and trade catalogs) heuristically uses "technology" to analyze how medicine and its material processes were crafted, endowed with meaning, and woven into European societies. Opening the medical "black box"—circumventing its tendency to be ignored as a mediating tool—provides a significant common point of entry for the four enquiries, triggering further analysis of the relationship between humans and non-humans as shaped in medical knowledge and practice.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Society for the History of Technology
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2329 Industrialization
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:41

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