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Artificial Parts, Practical Lives : Modern Histories of Prosthetics - Katherine Ott

Artificial Parts, Practical Lives

Modern Histories of Prosthetics

By: Katherine Ott (Editor), David Serlin (Editor), Stephen Mihm (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780814761984
Number Of Pages: 359

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From the wooden teeth of George Washington to the Bly prosthesis, popular in the 1860s and boasting easy uniform motions of the limb, to today's lifelike approximations, prosthetic devices reveal the extent to which the evolution and design of technologies of the body are intertwined with both the practical and subjective needs of human beings.

The peculiar history of prosthetic devices sheds light on the relationship between technological change and the civilizing process of modernity, and analyzes the concrete materials of prosthetics which carry with them ideologies of body, ideals, body politics, and culture.

Simultaneously critiquing, historicizing, and theorizing prosthetics, Artificial Parts, Practical Lives lays out a balanced and complex picture of its subject, neither vilifying nor celebrating the merger of flesh and machine.

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"These essays are valuable first forays into the history of prosthetics."

-Technology and Culture

The Sum of Its Parts: An Introduction to Modern Histories of Prostheticsp. 1
Engineering Masculinity: Veterans and Prosthetics after World War Twop. 45
Re-Arming the Disabled Veteran: Artificially Rebuilding State and Society in World War One Germanyp. 75
From Cotton to Silicone: Breast Prosthesis before 1950p. 102
"How a One-Legged Rebel Lives": Confederate Veterans and Artificial Limbs in Virginiap. 119
Hard Wear and Soft Tissue: Craft and Commerce in Artificial Eyesp. 147
Modern Miracles: The Development of Cosmetic Prostheticsp. 171
Casing the Joint: The Material Development of Artificial Hipsp. 199
"There's No Language for This": Communication and Alignment in Contemporary Prostheticsp. 227
The Prosthetics of Management: Motion Study, Photography, and the Industrialized Body in World War I Americap. 249
"A Limb Which Shall Be Presentable in Polite Society": Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 282
The Long Arm of Benjamin Franklinp. 300
Technology Sits Cross-Legged: Developing the Jaipur Foot Prothesisp. 327
Contributorsp. 349
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780814761984
ISBN-10: 0814761984
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 359
Published: 1st April 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.75  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.49