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CT Suite free pdf In "CT Suite" the doctor and anthropologist Barry F. Saunders provides an ethnographic account of how a particular diagnostic technology, the computed tomographic (CT) scanner, shapes social relations and intellectual activities in and beyond the CT Suite, the unit where CT images are made and interpreted within the diagnostic radiology department of a large teaching hospital. Focusing on how expertise is performed and how CT images are made into diagnostic evidence, he concentrates not on the function of CT images for patients, but on the function of the images among professional colleagues going about their routines. Yet Saunders offers more than insider ethnography. He links diagnostic work to practices and conventions from outside medicine and from earlier historical moments. In dialogue with science and technology studies, he makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the visual cultures of medicine. Saunders' 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 diagnostic '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 diagnostic 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 diagnosis, Saunders highlights the spectres of the past in what appears to be a pre-eminently modern machine.

About Barry Saunders

Barry 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.

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Author : Barry Saunders
Publisher : Duke University Press
Data Published : 13 March 2009
ISBN : 0822341239
EAN : 9780822341239
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 398 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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