Jenell Johnson's American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History (Corporealities: PDF

By Jenell Johnson

American Lobotomy stories a wide selection of representations of lobotomy to supply a rhetorical heritage of 1 of the main notorious systems within the heritage of medication. the improvement of lobotomy in 1935 used to be heralded as a “miracle medication” that will empty the nation’s perennially blighted asylums. even though, in simple terms two decades later, lobotomists first and foremost praised for his or her “therapeutic braveness” have been condemned for his or her barbarity, a picture that has in simple terms soured in next many years.  Johnson employs formerly deserted texts like technology fiction, horror movie, political polemics, and conspiracy idea to teach how lobotomy’s entanglement with social and political narratives contributed to a strong photograph of the operation that persists to at the present time. The publication provocatively demanding situations the historical past of drugs, arguing that rhetorical heritage is essential to figuring out scientific historical past. It deals a case learn of ways medication accumulates which means because it circulates in public tradition and argues for the necessity to comprehend biomedicine as a culturally located practice.

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