Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents
Duke University Press, 2012, 224 pages
by Lisa Gitelman
The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork
Zone Books, 2012, 208 pages
by Ben Kafka
Ben Kafka and Lisa Gitelman, colleagues at New York University, have both written books about the intricate nature of paper as a medium. While …
Women, Precancer, and prophylactic Surgery
by Ilana Löwy
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010, 344 pages
In April 2014, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified a disturbing correlation between cancer screening and “overtreatment.” Mammography, it turns out, may result in some women enduring grueling therapies that they do not even need. In fact, some …
The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to the concept of “historical trauma” in studies of Indigenous peoples in North America. As Laurence J. Kirmayer, Joseph P. Gone, and Joshua Moses argue in their Introduction to the special issue:
“The notions of historical trauma, loss, and grief have drawn attention to the enduring effects of colonization, marginalization, and cultural
Life in crisis: The ethical journey of doctors without borders
by Peter Redfield
University of California Press, 2013. 338 pages.
“Should we only get involved in beautiful, sexy emergencies or also in hopeless places? Our work is to keep trying amid pessimism” (p. 241). These are the words of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor alluding to what Peter …
The petri dish was made for separation. It was developed for culturing microorganisms while separating them from airborne contaminates. As part of its ability to make separations between the contaminated world outside and the uncontaminated world inside, the dish also assisted in separating individuals from disease. These days, it’s getting harder for petri dishes to maintain these separations.
Julius Richard …
The brain speaks the truth of the self. I imagine it would not be controversial by now to suggest that this general formulation indexes a set of implicit constraints that have to some significant degree underwritten and informed the historical ontology of the modern self since the nineteenth century.
But let me be clear: to assert that the brain speaks …