Download e-book for kindle: American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History (Corporealities: by Jenell Johnson

By Jenell Johnson

American Lobotomy reviews a wide selection of representations of lobotomy to supply a rhetorical historical past of 1 of the main notorious strategies within the heritage of medication. the advance of lobotomy in 1935 was once heralded as a “miracle remedy” that might empty the nation’s perennially blighted asylums. despite the fact that, simply 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 basically soured in next many years.  Johnson employs formerly deserted texts like technological know-how fiction, horror movie, political polemics, and conspiracy thought to teach how lobotomy’s entanglement with social and political narratives contributed to a robust photo 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 realizing clinical background. It deals a case research of ways drugs accumulates which means because it circulates in public tradition and argues for the necessity to comprehend biomedicine as a culturally positioned practice.

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