Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 244 pages
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After World War II, the United States underwent a massive cultural transformation that was vividly realized in the development and widespread use of new medical technologies. Plastic surgery, wonder drugs, artificial organs, and prosthetics inspired Americans to believe in a new age of modern medical miracles. The nationalistic pride that flourished in postwar society, meanwhile, encouraged many Americans to put tremendous faith in the power of medicine to rehabilitate and otherwise transform the lives and bodies of the disabled and those considered abnormal. Replaceable You revisits this heady era in American history to consider how these medical technologies and procedures were used to advance the politics of conformity during the 1950s.
 

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Contents

Can Humans Be Rebuilt?
1
1 The Other Arms Race
21
2 Reconstructing the Hiroshima Maidens
57
3 Gladys Bentley and the Cadillac of Hormones
111
4 Christine Jorgensen and the Cold War Closet
159
Acknowledgments
201
Notes
205
Index
237
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David Serlin is an assistant professor of history at Bard Early College and research historian at the National Institute of Health. He is coeditor of Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics and Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism.

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