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The invisible blade: technology, culture, and mixed metaphor in a North American hospital

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dc.contributor.author Simon CM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:35:54Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:35:54Z
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5774
dc.description.abstract Considers how new medical technologies are shaped and made meaningful by examining a machine now increasingly used in the United States and elsewhere to treat people with deep-seated brain disorders. With data collected in a hospital in California, the study shows how ideas, meanings, and symbols typical of operating rooms and open-body surgeries are cultivated around this machine even though it has little in common with these domains. The dissertation points out the metaphoric associations that tie the machine to surgery and surgical practices. These include associations between the machine and classic surgeries and surgical practices in forms of speech, ideas and actions, the location, sequence, and proximities of the work of medical staff, and in consent documents. The study analyses these associations, and how they influence patients and their experiences with the technology. The central finding is that the associations mystify patients and the social nature of their healing experiences. It is recommended that consideration be given by the machine's users to the adverse means by which their services are constructed, and to how with the input of patients these means might be reversed or avoided. The dissertation also helps to further scholarly understanding about biomedicine and technological innovation. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Medical sciences en
dc.subject Medical administration en
dc.title The invisible blade: technology, culture, and mixed metaphor in a North American hospital en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree D Phil en


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