Books

Cassandra Crawford’s Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology

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Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology

by Cassandra S. Crawford

NYU Press, 2014, 314 pages

The title of this important book gives only the slightest hint of the extraordinarily complex account that Crawford has produced about the biopolitics of limb absence and other forms of acquired limb loss, the meaning of phantom sensation and phantom pain, and the work …

Books

Book review – Maria Berghs’ War and Embodied Memory

War and Embodied Memory: Becoming Disabled in Sierra Leone

Maria Berghs

 

Ashgate Press, 2012

274pp., £60.00, hardcover

 

Berghs’ ethnography explores the construction of, and resistance to, the disability identity in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of both a violent civil war and the attempts at social reconciliation and reintegration that followed. In this context, the concept of disability …

Features

Medical Anthropology in a Military Treatment Facility


 

 

 

 

 

 

In March 2004, after being hired by UMBC, I attended a meeting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with a colleague from my new department and several military and civilian clinicians. There we discussed the specific and the vague challenges that faced the increasing number of US military service-members who were coming into the …