Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics

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Katherine Ott, David Serlin, Stephen Mihm
NYU Press, Apr 1, 2002 - History - 359 pages
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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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Contents

An Introduction to Modern Historiesof Prosthetics
1
Need
43
Veterans and Prostheticsafter World War Two
45
Artificially RebuildingState and Society in World War One Germany
75
Breast Prosthesis before 1950
102
Confederate Veteransand Artificial Limbs in Virginia
119
Design
145
Craft and Commerce inArtificial Eyes
147
Communication andAlignment in Contemporary Prosthetics
227
Use and Representation
247
Motion StudyPhotography and the Industrialized Body inWorld War I America
249
Prosthetic Technologies in the Nineteenth Century
282
11 The Long Arm of Benjamin Franklin
300
Developing the JaipurFoot Prothesis
327
Contributors
349
Index
351

The Development of CosmeticProsthetics
171
The Material Development ofArtificial Hips
199

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About the author (2002)

Katherine Ott is a curator of Science, Medicine, and Society at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, which houses the largest collection of medical artifacts in the U.S.

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